Ninjago (TV series)
Ninjago is a Danish-Canadian computer-animated television series produced by The Lego Group. It was created to coincide with the Lego Ninjago line of construction toys, many of which are based on elements of the series. It centers on the fictional world of Ninjago, telling the story of a group of six teenage ninjas and their battles against the forces of evil. The series was animated in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Wil Film ApS for the first ten seasons, subtitled "Masters of Spinjitzu". Animation was relocated to WildBrain Studios (formerly DHX Media) in Canada starting with the eleventh season. The English-language voice cast has been recorded in Canada for its entire run.
Logo of the series prior to Mid-2019
|Also known as||Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu (2011–2019)|
|Created by||Michael Hegner|
|Opening theme||The Weekend Whip by The Fold (seasons 1–7 and 11–present)|
"Ninjago Overture" by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer (seasons 8–10)
|Ending theme||"The Weekend Whip" by The Fold (Pilot Episodes & seasons 1–4)|
Various music by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer (season 5–present)
|Country of origin||Denmark|
|No. of seasons||13|
|No. of episodes||160 (+ 2 pilot episodes, 1 special and several shorts) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes (seasons 1–10)|
11 minutes (season 11–present)
|Distributor||The Lego Group|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||January 14, 2011 –|
|Related shows||Legends of Chima|
Ninjago began with two pilot episodes in January 2011, which were followed by two 13-episode seasons that aired from January to November 2012. Both the Lego theme and the series had an intended shelf life of three years with the second season planned as the original ending. However, continued success of the series and its product line led to the show continuing production with thirteen seasons being produced as of 2020.
The series was created by Michael Hegner and Tommy Andreasen, two Danish film producers. In Denmark, where the series' original production companies are located, Ninjago premiered on Nickelodeon. It airs on various Nickelodeon networks internationally and on Cartoon Network in the United States, United Kingdom and Poland. In Canada, the series is broadcast on Teletoon and YTV.
The show is mainly set in the realm of Ninjago, a place loosely inspired by East Asian myths and culture. While featuring several historically designed buildings and traditional clothing, Ninjago is in a modern setting, incorporating large metropolises with skyscrapers, current-age (and futuristic) vehicles, modern electronics, semi-robotic exo-suits, and other futuristic technology.
Pilot Episodes (2011)Edit
“Long before time had a name”, the First Spinjitzu Master created the realm of Ninjago using the four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu: the Scythe of Quakes, the Shurikens of Ice, the Nunchucks of Lightning and the Sword of Fire. Before he passed, his two sons swore to protect the weapons from evil, but the older brother, Garmadon, was consumed by darkness and aimed to wield all four weapons so that he could recreate Ninjago in his own image. In the ensuing battle between brothers, the younger brother Wu cast Garmadon down to the Underworld and hid the weapons across Ninjago, placing a dragon to guard each hiding spot.[N 1]
In anticipation of Garmadon's return, Wu seeks out four talented young teenagers to master the art of Spinjitzu and find the Golden Weapons before Garmadon and his Skulkin Army can claim them. Master Wu recruits Kai, a young blacksmith and trains him to become a ninja at the Monastery of Spinjitzu. There he meets three other ninja, Cole, Jay and Zane.[N 2] The Ninja must team up to find the four Golden Weapons and save Kai’s sister, Nya, who has been snatched by the Skulkin. They find the Scythe of Quakes at the Caves of Despair, the Shurikens of Ice in the Frozen Wasteland and the Nunchucks of Lightning at the Floating Ruins, confronting each dragon in the process. That night Kai retrieves the Sword of Fire from the Fire Temple and frees his sister, but is confronted by the shadow of Garmadon. Meanwhile, the Skulkin have captured Cole, Jay and Zane and take the other three Golden Weapons.
Master Wu decides to enter the Underworld with the Sword of Fire, believing that this is the only way to stop Garmadon.[N 3] The Ninja follow him by crossing between realms on the backs of the dragons, who agree to help them. In the Underworld, Samukai, the Skulkin Leader attacks Wu, but the Ninja use Spinjitzu to create a Tornado of Creation, which defeats the Skulkin. Samukai picks up the four Golden Weapons, but they are too powerful to be held together and they destroy him. This creates a portal for Garmadon to use to escape from the Underworld. Back in Ninjago, the Ninja celebrate their temporary victory, with the expectation that Garmadon will soon return.[N 4]
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes (2011–12)Edit
When Nya warns that Garmadon has been spotted in Jamanakai Village, the Ninja instead find his son, Lloyd Garmadon, trying to terrorise the villagers to get candy. They then discover a scroll that foretells the Prophecy of the Green Ninja and wonder which of them will be the Chosen One.
Lloyd uncovers a tomb containing one of the five Serpentine tribes, called the Hypnobrai. The tribe general Slithraa attempts to hypnotize him, but accidentally hypnotizes himself instead, giving Lloyd control of the Hypnobrai tribe.[N 5] Lloyd and the Hypnobrai build a treehouse fortress with the aim of conquering Ninjago, but it is destroyed by the Ninja. When the Ninja return to the Monastery of Spinjitzu, they discover that it has been burned to the ground and find a new home onboard the Destiny’s Bounty.[N 6] At the Hypnobrai Tomb, Skales challenges the general Slithraa in battle and wins, taking control of the tribe and banishing Lloyd from the tomb. Seeking revenge, Lloyd uncovers the Fangpyre Tomb and makes a deal with the general Fangtom. Lloyd and the Fangpyre plan to attack the Hypnobrai, but when the two Serpentine generals meet, they become allies and Lloyd escapes. Lloyd then opens the Anacondrai Tomb and finds Pythor inside, who pretends to befriend him. The Ninja pursue Pythor and Lloyd, but Pythor escapes and Lloyd is cared for by Master Wu onboard Destiny’s Bounty.[N 7]
Pythor makes his way to the two remaining Serpentine tombs in an attempt to unite the five Serpentine tribes, so the Ninja go to the Venomari and Constrictai Tombs to stop him. When they reach the Venomari Tomb they are surrounded by Serpentine and saved by the mysterious Samurai X.[N 8] Pythor declares himself the new Snake King and begins to search for the Lost City of Ouroborous, which is said to be the prison of a legendary snake named the Great Devourer. When Lloyd goes missing and gets captured, the Ninja must try to save him from the Serpentine. One by one, Zane, Jay and Cole unlock their True Potential by overcoming personal obstacles and Nya reveals that she is secretly Samurai X.[N 9][N 10][N 11] Meanwhile, Master Wu travels to the Realm of Madness and returns with Lord Garmadon, and the two become temporary allies to save Lloyd. Garmadon moves in with the Ninja onboard Destiny’s Bounty, causing a great deal of animosity and Kai becomes obsessed with unlocking his True Potential and becoming the chosen Green Ninja.
Meanwhile, Pythor begins his search for four silver Fangblades, which are said to awaken the Great Devourer. After finding the first two Fangblades, the Serpentine attempt to retrieve the third Fangblade at the Fire Temple, but are forced to fight the Ninja, with Lloyd becoming trapped on a rock in the lava. Kai makes a decision to save Lloyd rather than reach the Fangblade and unlocks his True Potential in the process.[N 12] Back onboard Destiny’s Bounty, the four Golden Weapons reveal that Lloyd is destined to be the Green Ninja. The Ninja manage to steal all four Fangblades from the Serpentine underground base and try to destroy them at Torchfire Mountain, but Pythor sneaks onboard Destiny’s Bounty and steals them.
When Pythor finally releases the Great Devourer, it is much larger than expected and the snake begins devouring everything in its path, including Pythor. The Ninja attempt to stop the snake in Ninjago City and, with no other choice, they give the four Golden Weapons to Garmadon, who launches an attack on its weak spot. The Great Devourer explodes into slime and Garmadon disappears with the Golden Weapons.[N 13]
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja (2012)Edit
With the Golden Weapons now in Lord Garmadon's possession, the Ninja begin training Lloyd so that he can face his father one day and save Ninjago, something which he is afraid of for the sake of their bond. Garmadon works to thwart the prophecy by recruiting the masterless Serpentine and merging the Golden Weapons into the powerful Mega Weapon. After Garmadon's last attempt ended with Lloyd being aged into a teenager, like his four mentors, he attempts to change the events of the past. The original four Ninja follow Garmadon and use the Golden Weapons of the past to destroy the Mega Weapon, restoring the timeline and sending the Golden Weapons into space.
While Garmadon ends up on an island with a disembodied voice called the Overlord, the venom of the Great Devourer seeps into catacombs beneath Ninjago and animates the Stone Army, trapping the Serpentine underground in the process. Along with Misako, Lloyd's mother, the Ninja travel to the Dark Island to stop Garmadon. They fail to stop the countdown to the final battle, and the Overlord is revealed to be the dark lord from the prophecy. He possesses Garmadon and heads to Ninjago, with the Ninja in tow. After they find a way off the island, Lloyd uses his newfound Golden Power to defeat the Overlord, purge Garmadon of his evil, and become the Golden Ninja.
Season 3: Rebooted (2014)Edit
Since the Overlord was defeated by Lloyd, Ninjago City has been in complete ruins until one day, Cyrus Borg, founder and CEO of Borg Industries, decided to use this opportunity to rebuild the city with tech advancements. In a matter of weeks, Ninjago had been rebuilt into a futuristic metropolis, and is renamed New Ninjago City.
Without an enemy to fight, the age of the Ninja came to an end and the Ninja become teachers at Master Wu's Academy. One day, they receive clearance for a field trip to Borg Industries. Upon arrival, they learn that the Overlord has survived the final battle and is trapped in the Digiverse as a computer virus. Cyrus Borg already knows this and gives the Ninja the Techno Blades, which are the keys to destroying the Overlord that were inside a golden statue of himself and new suits that will help the ninja camouflage their bodies.
The Overlord possessed P.I.X.A.L. (an android who works at Borg Industries) to create an army of Nindroids from Zane's blueprints and plans to capture Lloyd, as his Golden Power will help him escape the digital realm, but the Ninja were able to free P.IX.A.L. from the Overlord’s control of her than cut all the power so the overload wouldn’t escape but the hard drive containing the Overlord is later stolen by Pythor, who is revealed to have survived being eaten by The Great Devourer but got bleached when he escaped.
He captures Lloyd, and the Overlord drains him of most of his Golden Power. Though the Ninja defeat him in the Digiverse, the Overlord escapes the digital realm half-formed. Lloyd then splits his remaining Golden Power among the four Ninja, which restores their elemental abilities, knowing that the power would be a big responsibility for him to bear alone.
The Overlord, needing to complete his transformation, sends the Nindroids to space to retrieve the Golden Weapons from the constellation Arcturus, which they succeed in doing. The Overlord becomes the Golden Master, fulfilling an old Serpentine prophecy, and wreaks havoc on New Ninjago City. With no other option, Zane sacrifices himself to destroy the Golden Master. However, he survives, trapped in the systems and rebuilds himself using titanium.
Season 4: The Tournament of Elements (2015)Edit
After the loss of Zane, the team splits apart, and Lloyd seeks to rebuild it. The team is brought back together once more when they find out that Zane is alive, and are then invited to compete in a tournament by the crime lord, Master Chen.
On Chen’s island, the Ninja must compete against a number of other Elemental Masters to win the tournament, but they quickly discover that Chen is secretly stealing the losers’ elemental powers in order to complete a spell that will turn him and his worshippers into Anacondrai. The Ninja learn to gain the trust of the other Elemental Masters during the competition, who then help the Ninja to fight Chen. Kai also falls in love with Chen’s daughter Skylor, who has the elemental power of Amber (the ability to absorb and borrow another elemental power).
Chen and his army manage to escape from the island but are pursued by the Ninja and Elemental Masters riding on their elemental dragons. When Chen attempts to perform the spell that will transform his army into Anacondrai warriors, he realises that to make the spell permanent, he needs the essence of a true Anacondrai. As Pythor is the last remaining Anacondrai, he is captured by Chen, who uses his sweat to complete the spell. Chen and his army then wage war against Ninjago at the Corridor of Elders.
During the battle, Pythor reveals to Garmadon that the only way to defeat the Anacondrai is to banish himself to the Cursed Realm in order to bring back the original Anacondrai generals. Garmadon willingly accepts this fate and the spirits of the Anacondrai generals are released into Ninjago. The generals curse Chen and his army, banishing them to the Cursed Realm.
Season 5: Possession (2015)Edit
When Lloyd is possessed by the spirit of Morro, a former student of Master Wu and the Elemental Master of Wind, the Ninja realise that they have lost their elemental powers. They must save Lloyd and race against Morro and his three ghost warriors to stop him from finding the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master and cursing the Sixteen Realms.
Morro attacks Wu and the Ninja using the power of wind to obtain Wu's staff, which is revealed to have three symbols engraved upon it that lead to the tomb.[N 14] After a short battle with the Ninja, Morro successfully takes possession of the staff before escaping, but fortunately, Wu has already made an imprint of the symbols. Master Wu explains that during his training, Morro was led to believe that he would become the Green Ninja by Master Wu and was enraged to find out that he was not the Chosen One. In order to prove himself worthy, Morro set out to find the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master but never returned. Morro and his three ghost warriors begin their search for the Realm Crystal, which is located in the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master. The Realm Crystal would allow Morro to release his master, the Preeminent, which is the physical embodiment of the Cursed Realm, into Ninjago.
The first symbol on Wu’s staff refers to a technique known as Airjitzu, which is similar to Spinjitzu, but allows the user to levitate off the ground. To learn this technique, the Ninja travel to the city of Stiix to find Ronin, a thief, who stole the Scroll of Airjitzu from Domu Library. On the way they encounter Chain Master Wrayth and learn that ghosts can be defeated with water.[N 15] At Ronin’s Pawn Shop the Ninja search for the scroll but are outwitted by Morro, who takes the scroll, learns Airjitzu and escapes on his elemental dragon.[N 16] The Ninja discover that they can learn Airjitzu another way by visiting the Temple of Airjitzu. Meanwhile, Master Wu reveals to Nya that she can control the element of water as her mother did, and after intensive training from Wu, she begins to control water, but is held back by her fear of failure.
The Ninja visit the Temple of Airjitzu which is said to be haunted by the ghost of Master Yang, who was the original creator of Airjitzu. There they earn the Scroll of Airjitzu by proving themselves to Master Yang. Yang tries to trap them inside the temple, revealing that anyone who remains inside at dawn will be permanently transformed into a ghost. The Ninja escape with the scroll, except for Cole, who doesn’t make it out in time and finds to his horror that he has been turned into a ghost. He remains in this form for the remainder of the season and for the duration of Season 6.[N 17]
After learning Airjitzu, the Ninja race to obtain the second symbol on the staff, the Sword of Sanctuary. They ascend the Wailing Alps and use Airjitzu to pass through the Blind Man’s Eye into a parallel realm called Cloud Kingdom.[N 18] Unfortunately, Morro again outwits them, takes the sword and returns to Ninjago through the Blind Man’s Eye with the Ninja in pursuit. On the mountainside, Kai successfully takes the sword from Morro and the Ninja use the sword to pinpoint the map location of the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master.[N 19] Later, Ronin steals the sword back from the Ninja and gives it to Morro so that he can settle a debt with the Soul Archer.
When the Ninja reach the third symbol, the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master, they must face three deadly tests before finding the final resting place of the First Spinjitzu Master and the Realm Crystal. There they encounter Morro, who releases Lloyd and escapes with the crystal. Lloyd is still weak, but the Ninja find their elemental powers are starting to return. [N 20]
Back in the city of Stiix, Morro uses the Realm Crystal to release an army of ghosts and the Preeminent. The Ninja infiltrate the city in disguise in the hope of destroying the Realm Crystal. When they are discovered, they are forced to battle the growing army of ghosts. During the battle, the Ninja and Wu realise that they are being overwhelmed by their enemies and retreat on a paddle steamer with the residents of Stiix. At last, Nya unlocks her True Potential as the Water Ninja and destroys the Preeminent and all of the ghosts by drowning them with a huge wave. Master Wu tries to pull Morro from the grasp of the Preeminent as it sinks into the water, but the Preeminent is too strong, and Morro dies as he hits the water. The Ninja and the people of Stiix celebrate, as they have finally defeated Morro, the ghosts and the Preeminent. [N 21]
Season 6: Skybound (2016)Edit
Clouse (who is now a ghost escaped from the Cursed Realm), finds the Teapot of Tyrahn and frees the evil Djinn, Nadakhan, from inside. Nadakhan grants Clouse three wishes and uses them to trap him inside the teapot. He then decides to search for the Realm Crystal to reunite his crew of Sky Pirates and when he discovers that the Ninja are protecting it, he decides to frame them by using his shapeshifting abilities, which results in them becoming wanted criminals. The Ninja try to find Clouse in Stiix, but are forced to flee from the citizens. Misako pilots the Destiny's Bounty to save them, but it is brought to the ground by the police officers’ grappling hooks. The Ninja decide to split up in order to escape, but Misako gets arrested. Meanwhile, Nadakhan finds Master Wu in the Domu library and imprisons him in the Teapot of Tyrahn.[N 22] Nadakhan then appears before Misako and, after tricking her into revealing the secret location of the Realm Crystal, also imprisons her in his teapot. Ronin is then hired by the Police Commissioner to find the Ninja and bring them to justice. [N 23]
Nadakhan finds the location of the Realm Crystal in the Hiroshi Labyrinth Stronghold and steals it. Now imprisoned in Kryptarium Prison, the Ninja meet Captain Soto and he explains that to catch a Djinn they must use a drop of Tiger Widow venom (which is lethal to men) to weaken Nadakhan. After the Ninja free Soto and themselves, he tells them that the last Tiger Widow spider lives on an island which can only be located by a map in a lantern hidden on Nadakhan's flying ship, Misfortune's Keep. Nadakhan then frees his crew from across the Sixteen Realms where they were banished and they repair Misfortune’s Keep. Nadakhan and his crew visit his home realm and kingdom, Djinjago and discover that it is slowly falling apart. Nadakhan's father, King Khanjikhan, tells Nadakhan that when the Ninja destroyed the Cursed Realm, they also destroyed Djinjago. Nadakhan's father gives him the Sword of Souls (the Djinn Blade), a sword that has the power to trap souls inside it. Nadakhan then slashes the Teapot of Tyrahn with it, causing the souls of Clouse, Master Wu, and Misako to transfer into the sword. He then returns to Ninjago and swears revenge on the Ninja.[N 24]
After witnessing Jay and Nya together, Nadakhan tricks Jay into making his first wish. To impress Nya, Jay wishes he was rich and was never born in a junkyard and as a result finds out that he was adopted and that his real father is a famous named actor Cliff Gordon. Nadakhan then successfully traps both Kai and Zane in his sword by granting them three wishes. He then begins his plan to create New Djinjago by raising pieces of Ninjago into the sky.[N 25] The Ninja reach Tiger Widow Island on Cliff Gordon’s yacht and Jay manages to extract the Tiger Widow venom. He is then captured by Nadakhan and imprisoned on Misfortune’s Keep, leaving the remaining Ninja behind with the venom, which is used to make a poisoned dart.[N 26]
Onboard Misfortune’s Keep, the pirates try to break Jay's willpower to make him use his wishes, but fail every time. Nadakhan then reveals to Jay his plan to wed Nya (who resembles his lost love Delara), as this will give him the power of ultimate wishes. The Sky Pirates then capture Lloyd, Jay, Cole and Nya and while they are fighting the pirates, the Ninja waste most of their remaining wishes. Nadakhan then forces Clancee to wish for Lloyd and Cole to be trapped inside the sword, leaving only Jay and Nya still free. They manage to escape Misfortune’s Keep by creating a combined elemental dragon of water and lightning.[N 27] Jay and Nya make their last stand when the Sky Pirates attack at the Lighthouse Prison. When all hope seems lost, Nya pushes Jay with the poisoned dart into a portal created by Traveller’s Tea and Nya is captured.[N 28]
Jay decides to gather a team of allies to help him save his friends and they reach New Djinjago by riding on a rising piece of land. Jay manages to get hold of the Djinn Blade while Nya is taken to the wedding ceremony. To save his friends Jay is struck with the sword and is transported into the blade to release the trapped Ninja, Wu and Misako. Now reunited, the Ninja decide to crash the wedding.[N 29] Despite their efforts to stop the wedding, the ceremony is completed and Nadakhan becomes all powerful with the ability of infinite wishes. The Ninja then fight Nadakhan and during the battle, Flintlocke shoots him with the venom and makes a successful hit. Unfortunately, Nya is also hit with the venom and dies in Jay’s arms. Jay manages to make a final wish that the Teapot of Tyrahn had never been found, while mourning the loss of Nya. As a result, Nadakhan has no choice but to grant Jay his final wish, which causes all the events created by his first wish to be reversed. Only Jay and Nya remember the events that have taken place and they embrace. At the same time, Clouse finds the teapot, but this time is chased away by the citizens, ensuring that Nadakhan is never released again.[N 30]
Special: Day of the Departed (2016)Edit
Day of the Departed was a TV special that takes place after the events of Season 6 and prior to Season 7. The Day of the Departed is a sacred holiday that is celebrated by the people of Ninjago to commemorate their fallen ancestors and friends. On this day, the Ninja split up to remember their ancestors and spend time with family members. During a visit to Ninjago History Museum, Cole (who is still a ghost) realises that he is starting to fade away and, after discovering the Yin Blade, decides to visit the floating Temple of Airjitzu to confront the ghost of Master Yang.
At the temple, Cole accidentally uses the Yin Blade to open a portal to the Departed Realm, thereby releasing the spirits of the Ninjas’ old enemies, which include Samukai, Kozu, Cryptor, Chen and Morro. The spirits possess their mannequins in Ninjago History Museum, which brings them to life. Cole is detained at the temple by Yang’s ghost students. Yang then tells the villains that they can stay in Ninjago if they defeat each of the Ninja that defeated them. Yang seizes the Yin Blade from Cole and explains that he intends to use the blade to tear open the Rift of Return, so that he can be revived. The Ninja are under attack from their old revived enemies, but successfully defeat them one by one. In the meantime, Cole is forced to fight Yang’s students as he follows Yang up to the temple roof. Yang uses Airjitzu in an attempt to reach the Rift, but Cole stops him and they fight.
When the Ninja are reunited, they realise that they had almost forgotten about Cole. They return to the Temple of Airjitzu as Cole is battling Yang. Cole’s spirit is bolstered at the sight of his friends and he shatters the Yin Blade. This frees Yang’s students, who are able to cross through the Rift and become human again. Yang tells Cole that he wanted to be remembered, but Cole replies that he will be remembered as the creator of Airjitzu. They agree to cross through the Rift together, but during the ascent, Yang decides to stay at the temple to settle his debts and launches Cole into the Rift. The Ninja soon discover that Cole has returned, now in human form once more. The Ninja celebrate the return of their friend and decide to use the Temple of Airjitzu as their new base.
Season 7: The Hands of Time (2017)Edit
Acronix, one of the Hands of Time, emerges from the time vortex, after being trapped there for 40 years, and challenges Master Wu in combat at the Monastery of Spinjitzu. During the fight, the Forward Time Blade arrives through the vortex and Acronix uses it to hit Wu with a Time Punch that accelerates his aging rapidly. The Ninja intervene, but Acronix escapes with the Time Blade and reunites with his brother Krux. Master Wu tells the Ninja the history of the Hands of Time, twin brothers, who were able to manipulate time itself. Despite once being allied with the Elemental Masters, the Hands of Time betrayed them in order to rule Ninjago. To stop them, Ray and Maya had forged four Time Blades, which Wu and Garmadon used to absorb the twins’ elemental powers. The four Time Blades were banished into the time vortex, but the twins jumped into the vortex after them and were supposedly lost in time. However, Krux had emerged from the vortex years ago and disguised himself as Dr. Sander Saunders, the curator at the Ninjago History Museum.[N 31]
Now reunited at the museum, the Hands of Time proceed with their plan to control time for eternity. Krux has been breeding an army of Vermillion, warriors formed from snakes hatched from the eggs of the Great Devourer. The twins control the Vermillion Warriors using three Commanders, who can communicate with their hive mind. To carry out their master plan, the twins abduct Cyrus Borg and various workers from Ninjago City to help them build a time travelling mech called the Iron Doom. The Ninja attempt to fight the Vermillion to stop Cyrus Borg being abducted, but discover that the defeated Vermillion can immediately reform.[N 32] Kai visits Ninjago History Museum and, after discovering the true identity of Dr. Saunders, battles with the Time Twins with the help of Nya. Krux tells Kai that his parents were actually traitors and worked for the Hands of Time to forge the Vermillion armour, but Kai refuses to believe it.[N 33] The Vermillion Warriors begin stealing metal from various locations around Ninjago, while Krux and Acronix relocate to the Vermillion Swamps.[N 34] They send the Vermillion Warriors to recover the Slow-Mo Time Blade, which has emerged in the desert. However, the Ninja outwit them and take the Time Blade from them.[N 35] The Vermillion then launch an attack on the floating Temple of Airjitzu and during the battle, the Hands of Time escape with both Time Blades and Master Wu as their captive.[N 36] Krux and Acronix subsequently retrieve the Pause Time Blade from the top of a mountain.
The Ninja split up to rescue Cyrus, the workers and Master Wu. Kai decides to go to the Blacksmith Shop and there confronts his father, calling him a traitor. Ray and Maya explain that they were forced to work for Krux to protect their children and that 40 years ago they hid the Reversal Time Blade in a secret location that only the elements of Fire and Water can reach. The Hands of Time then force Kai and Nya to retrieve the Reversal Blade from the Boiling Sea.[N 37] They travel to its location by creating the Fusion Dragon, an elemental combination of fire and water. When they return, they are attacked by Krux and Acronix and during the battle, Ray is hit by the Forward Time Blade, which begins to rapidly advance his age.[N 38]
The Hands of Time return to the Iron Doom with all four Time Blades and travel back in time 40 years to the same temporal point when they had previously battled with the Elemental Masters. The Vermillion Warriors begin an attack on the Monastery, but Kai, Nya and Master Wu, who have followed them into the time vortex, join the fight and the Elemental Masters begin to get the upper hand. During the battle, the Time Twins alter history by forcing Wu to yield and this reverts present-day Ninjago to its pre-technology age. Kai and Nya ride the Fusion Dragon to battle the Iron Doom. Seeing that the fight is too difficult, the Hands of Time open up another time vortex to escape. Kai, Nya and Master Wu follow the twins into the time vortex and confront the Hands of Time on the Iron Doom. During the fight, Wu rips out the Reversal Blade, sabotaging the Iron Doom in the process. Kai and Nya are thrown off the Iron Doom with the Reversal Blade and return to the present day. Ninjago is restored to its technological glory and Kai uses the Reversal Time Blade to cure his father’s rapid aging. Krux and Acronix are lost in time aboard the Iron Doom and Master Wu’s whereabouts remain unknown.[N 39]
Season 8: Sons of Garmadon (2018)Edit
One year after the disappearance of Master Wu, Ninjago City is being terrorised by a biker gang called the Sons of Garmadon. Six masked members of the gang break into Borg Tower and steal an ancient relic called the Oni Mask of Vengeance. Meanwhile, the Ninja are scattered around Ninjago, tackling missions while searching for their master's whereabouts. They are summoned to the Royal Palace by the Royal Family, who ask them to protect the Oni Mask of Deception. There they meet the members of the Royal Family, including the Jade Princess Harumi.[N 40] At night, Lloyd follows a mysterious figure out of the palace and discovers that it is Harumi in disguise. As they walk through Ninjago City, handing out food to children, Lloyd begins to develop a romantic interest in the princess. The Sons of Garmadon launch an attack on the Royal Palace. During the attack, Lloyd escapes the palace with Harumi on a motorbike. They are chased by Ultraviolet and the Sons of Garmadon to the docks, where they sail away aboard Destiny’s Bounty. They are soon joined by the other Ninja, who sadly inform them that the Royal Family has been killed in an explosion.[N 41]
Lloyd, Jay, Zane and Cole make a detour to Mistaké’s Tea Shop to obtain the Tea of Truth. Mistaké then tells Lloyd and Jay the Tale of the Oni and the Dragon (the story of how the First Spinjitzu Master created Ninjago), while Cole and Zane head to the police station with the tea. Mistaké tells Lloyd that the Sons of Garmadon want to use the three Oni Masks to resurrect his father Lord Garmadon in a purely evil form. Meanwhile, at the police station, Zane and Cole trick Luke Cunningham into revealing that Laughy’s Karaoke Bar is the hangout of the Sons of Garmadon. They go to Laughy’s in disguise, but when Cole’s cover is blown he is taken prisoner, but Zane maintains his disguise as “Snake Jaguar” and the gang recruits him.[N 42] They force Zane to take part in a motorbike race, but once the race has begun, Ultraviolet receives a phone call from “The Quiet One”, the gang’s leader, who reveals that Zane is a spy. During the bike race, Zane is forced to fight Mr. E who knocks him off a cliff and leaves him half destroyed. Meanwhile, Cole escapes from his prison cell at the Son’s of Garmadon’s base and finds a baby in another room, who he decides to take with him.[N 43]
The Ninja find Zane and bring him back onboard the Destiny’s Bounty to reboot his systems. They are unaware that Mr. E has planted a mechanical spider on Zane that sabotages the Bounty and programmes P.I.X.A.L. to attack. While attempting to care for the baby, the Ninja discover that the baby’s blanket is a map to Primeval’s Eye, the location of the third Oni Mask (the Mask of Hatred). When the Samurai Mech captures Harumi, Lloyd jumps onto it and they plummet to the ground. Meanwhile, Nya uses the rain to slow down the descent of the Bounty and they crash into the jungle.[N 44] The Ninja soon notice that the baby is now a toddler and realise that he is in fact Master Wu, whose age was reversed after touching the Reversal Time Blade in Season 7. When P.I.X.A.L. completes a scan for “The Quiet One”, she discovers that the signal came from the Bounty and the Ninja realise that Harumi is “The Quiet One”.[N 45] The Ninja are then captured by the Sons of Garmadon. Unaware of Harumi’s real identity, Lloyd and Harumi manage to locate the third Oni Mask within the Oni Temple and there Lloyd realises that Harumi is “The Quiet One”. As they fight for the mask, Harumi puts it on and flees the temple. The Sons of Garmadon escape with the three Oni Masks onboard the Destiny’s Bounty.[N 46]
Back in Ninjago City, the Sons of Garmadon take Lloyd and Misako to the Temple of Resurrection and lock them in two cells. Using the Oni Masks, Harumi performs the ritual that will open a portal to the Departed Realm and release a purely evil Lord Garmadon. However, the Ninja manage to stop the ritual and the police arrest the Sons of Garmadon. Back at the temple, it is revealed that the ritual did in fact work and Garmadon has been released.[N 47] The newly resurrected Lord Garmadon frees Harumi and they go to Kryptarium Prison to release the prisoners. Lloyd decides to confront his father alone at the prison and they engage in a brutal fight which nearly kills Lloyd. The fight is broadcast across Ninjago and everyone is horrified by Lloyd’s defeat.[N 48] Garmadon then begins to conquer Ninjago by using his power to create a massive stone Colossus. The Ninja attempt to fight the Colossus, but realise that their attacks are useless.
At Mistaké’s Tea Shop, Lloyd wakes up and discovers that his elemental power has gone. He takes Wu and flees in an attempt to save him from Garmadon, but is confronted by Harumi, who puts on the Oni Mask of Hatred, and pursues them across the rooftops. Lloyd makes his escape by trying to jump to the Destiny’s Bounty, where the Ninja are waiting onboard. He throws Wu to the Ninja, but it is too far for him to jump. The Colossus grabs the Bounty and crushes it, but before it is destroyed, the Ninja use Traveller’s Tea to travel to a different realm. Lloyd, believing that the Ninja are dead, mourns their loss and goes into hiding, unaware that they have survived.[N 49]
Season 9: Hunted (2018)Edit
With Emperor Garmadon now ruling Ninjago City with an iron fist, Lloyd, Nya and their allies are forced into hiding at the Garbage Depot. They survive with the constant threat of being hunted down by the Sons of Garmadon. Lloyd feels helpless, having lost both his elemental power and the other Ninja, but finds hope when Mistaké tells him that the Ninja have survived.[N 50] Lloyd, Nya, and their remaining allies, which include a number of Elemental Masters, form a resistance to endure and retaliate against Lord Garmadon. The Resistance infiltrates Borg Tower and Lloyd broadcasts a message to the people of Ninjago, asking them to rise up and stand against Garmadon’s oppressive rule.[N 51] The Sons of Garmadon then ambush the Resistance at their secret base, but Lloyd, Nya, Skylor and Dareth escape in an armoured vehicle.
Meanwhile, the other four Ninja and Wu (who has been rapidly aged up to a child and later to a teenager), are surviving in the barren wilderness of the Realm of Oni and Dragons (the First Realm). Kai, Jay and Zane are captured by Iron Baron and his band of Dragon Hunters and forced to compete in the Dragon Pit, a gladiator-style arena. Cole and Wu plot the Ninja’s escape and succeed when Firstbourne, the Mother of all Dragons, attacks the camp. During the chaos, Kai sets free the elemental dragons that are held in captivity.[N 52] In the wilderness, the Ninja meet Heavy Metal, a rogue Dragon Hunter, whose real name is Faith. She tells the story of how the First Spinjitzu Master shared a connection with Firstbourne and was able to control the beast wearing the Dragon Armour.[N 53] Wu, Faith and the Ninja set off to find Firstbourne’s nest and obtain the Dragon Armour. After crossing into Oni land, they discover a map to Firstbourne’s nest. On the journey, Faith trains the Ninja to use the chain rifles that the Dragon Hunters use to take down large dragons.
In Ninjago City, Lloyd discovers that Mistaké can shapeshift because she is in fact an Oni. They make a plan to take down the Sons of Garmadon one by one and eventually capture Harumi.[N 54] Mistaké takes the form of Harumi to get Skylor close to Garmadon so that she can absorb his power. Unfortunately, Harumi breaks free and arrives at Borg Tower at the same moment that Mistaké is impersonating her.[N 55] Mistaké reveals her true form as an Oni and battles with Garmadon. During the fight, Skylor is successful in absorbing Garmadon’s power and escapes, but Mistaké is killed. Skylor attempts to control Garmadon’s Colossus using his power, but the power poisons her. The Colossus crashes into a building and kills Harumi who is standing on the rooftop. Lloyd and Nya attempt to flee the city in the Battle Wagon, but are forced to fight with the Sons of Garmadon.
In the First Realm, the Ninja are hunted down once again by the Dragon Hunters and captured. To save them, Wu promises to lead Iron Baron to the Dragon Armour.[N 56] When they arrive at Firstbourne’s nest, Iron Baron seizes the armour, but Wu reveals that it was not the armour that caused Firstbourne to trust his father, but the goodness in his heart. Firstbourne encases Iron Baron inside molten rock, allowing Wu to take the armour for himself. With the help of Firstbourne, the Ninja and Wu are now able to pass between realms by riding on the backs of the dragons and return to Ninjago.[N 57]
Lloyd and the Ninja are reunited in Ninjago City and plan a final battle with Garmadon. Wu and Lloyd fly to Borg Tower on Firstbourne to confront Garmadon once more. Meanwhile, the Ninja attempt to bring down the Colossus using their chain rifles and are able to defeat the Colossus with the help of Ninjago citizens. Lloyd battles with his father at the top of Borg Tower, but realises that the fight fuels his father’s powers and learns to resist him rather than fight back. As a result, Garmadon’s powers are diminished and Lloyd's elemental power returns. Ninjago is finally free from Garmadon’s reign, but before Garmadon is arrested, he warns Lloyd that a new threat is coming.[N 58]
Season 10: March of the Oni (2019)Edit
Since Lord Garmadon's defeat, Ninjago City has been rebuilt. However, when Lloyd visits his father in Kryptarium Prison, Garmadon warns him that the “Bringers of Doom” are coming. Lloyd refuses to listen, believing that his father can't be trusted. Meanwhile, the Ninja are presented with a newly rebuilt Destiny’s Bounty. Garmadon's warnings soon prove to be justified when the Oni invade Ninjago by entering through the Realm Crystal. A darkness begins to spread across Ninjago City and petrifies anyone who touches it. Onboard Destiny’s Bounty, the Ninja race to Ninjago City to rescue the citizens from the darkness. However, when the Ninja use their elemental powers against the dark cloud, they soon discover that they have no impact. Lloyd visits his father in Kryptarium Prison for advice. With no other choice, the Ninja release Garmadon from prison and form an uneasy alliance with him in an attempt to defeat the Oni and save Ninjago from the darkness.[N 59]
Back on the Bounty, Garmadon tells the Ninja that the only way to save Ninjago is to destroy the Realm Crystal, which is located at Borg Tower. Lloyd and Garmadon agree that they alone can safely venture into the darkness and not be petrified because of their Oni blood. While Lloyd and Garmadon enter the darkness, the Ninja receive a distress signal from the NGTV building. They decide to go and help the people trapped there, while P.I.X.A.L. stays behind to help Lloyd and Garmadon. When Lloyd and Garmadon reach the Realm Crystal, Garmadon tries to destroy it, but they are confronted by the Omega, the Oni leader.[N 60] While fighting the Omega and the other Oni, Lloyd destroys the Realm Crystal with the Sword of Sanctuary, but it fails to stop the Oni. Lloyd and Garmadon then find the Armour of the Golden Master and realise that it causes the Oni to recoil. They escape from Borg Tower, taking the armour with them and are picked up by P.I.X.A.L. As the Ninja are helping people escape at the NGTV building, Nya accidentally pushes the thrust lever the wrong way and Cole, who is hanging from a ladder, falls from the Destiny’s Bounty into the darkness. The Ninja believe Cole is dead and mourn his loss.[N 61]
After Lloyd and Garmadon return, the Ninja fly to the Monastery of Spinjitzu so that Kai can reforge the Golden Weapons, believing that this can stop the Oni. When the Oni attack the Monastery, a battle takes place outside the walls. During the battle, the Ninja are slowly overwhelmed by the growing Oni horde, but Cole arrives in the Earth Driller and the Ninja realise that he has survived. When all hope seems lost, the Ninja, Wu and Garmadon join forces and use Spinjitzu to make the Tornado of Creation. This results in the Oni’s destruction. After the battle, Lloyd experiences a vision where he meets the First Spinjitzu Master, who thanks him for saving Ninjago. The Ninja celebrate both the defeat of the Oni and their shared history by placing their handprints on the wall mural of the Monastery of Spinjitzu.[N 62]
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu (2019–20)Edit
Part 1: The Fire ChapterEdit
Six months after they defeated the Oni, the Ninja have become relaxed, lazy, and out of shape. In order to keep their skills and powers intact, they search for activity or a new threat to face. Strangely enough, Ninjago has been in a state of lasting peace. However, Zane begins suffering strange visions of being killed by Aspheera, Queen of the evil Pyro Vipers, as well as a mysterious castle guarded by the dragon Boreal and home to the Ice Emperor and his Blizzard Samurai.[N 63] While Zane remains unsure about what these frightening visions mean, the Ninja find a new quest when Professor Clutch Powers discovers a mysterious Ancient Pyramid, which supposedly only a Ninja could survive exploring.[N 64]
The next threat to Ninjago is close, as the tomb serves as a prison for Aspheera. After she is unwittingly released by the Ninja, she steals Kai's powers and uses them to revive her army of Pyro Vipers, then prepares to conquer Ninjago and exact revenge on the “Treacherous Deceiver”, who betrayed her thousands of years ago.[N 65] The Ninja are left trapped in the pyramid, but are eventually rescued by P.I.X.A.L. and attempt to stop Aspheera's campaign of conquest.[N 66] They soon learn about the Scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu, which grant the user great powers, but can also corrupt them.[N 67] Wu eventually admits that he is the “Treacherous Deceiver” that Aspheera is looking for, as he befriended her back when they were children and taught her Spinjitzu, but she betrayed him and used it for evil, taking over the Serpentine.[N 68] As a result, Wu and Garmadon were forced to defeat Aspheera using Forbidden Spinjitzu and imprisoned her inside the pyramid.[N 69]
After Aspheera steals one of the two Scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu from the museum, the Ninja go after the other at the Explorer’s Club, just as Aspheera and her forces attack the Monastery of Spinjitzu.[N 70] Using the second scroll, the Ninja defeat Aspheera, but Zane is hit with a spell from the scroll that was aimed at Wu and gets transported to the Never-Realm.[N 71] Wu volunteers to go to the Never-Realm on his own and rescue Zane, but the Ninja overpower him and go there themselves, before Wu can warn them that there is no way to return.[N 72]
Part 2: The Ice ChapterEdit
The Ninja arrive in the Never-Realm and are brought to a village called Great Lake, where they reveal their agenda to the village elder, Sorla and help the locals fend off the Blizzard Samurai, led by the mysterious Ice Emperor and his right-hand man Vex.[N 73] The Ninja believe that Zane was captured by the Ice Emperor and decide to stay at the village, where Kai unsuccessfully attempts to regain his powers.[N 74] Cole leaves to find the Traveller's Tree in order to collect some leaves for the Traveller's Tea that would help them get back home. Along the way he befriends Krag, the last survivor of the Yeti species (as they were all slaughtered by the Blizzard Samurai), and Lloyd leaves to find Zane's mech.[N 75] Along the way, Lloyd befriends a Formling named Akita, who can transform into a wolf and wishes to exact revenge on the Ice Emperor for freezing her people.[N 76]
Meanwhile, the village is attacked by the Ice Emperor's dragon Boreal, forcing the remaining Ninja to flee and continue their journey. Lloyd and Akita are later attacked by Boreal as well, who kidnaps Lloyd and takes him to the Ice Emperor, revealed to be none other than Zane.[N 77] After being banished to the Never-Realm decades ago (as he was sent 60 years into the past), he lost his memory and was manipulated by Vex, a Formling who wished to exact revenge on his people for mocking him for not being able to change his form. Zane was convinced that he was the Ice Emperor, the rightful ruler of the Never-Realm and the two of them then dethroned the true ruler of the realm, Grimfax. Zane used the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu to corrupt Grimfax's warriors, turning them into the Blizzard Warriors, later also freezing the Formlings and massacring the Yetis.[N 78] Lloyd tries to get Zane to remember who he really is, but fails, as the scroll corrupted him as well.
Lloyd is locked up in a cell and there meets Akita's brother, Kataru. The two soon form an alliance with Grimfax (who became the commander of the Blizzard Samurai army after being forced to work for Zane by Vex) to dethrone Zane and liberate the Never-Realm.[N 79] Eventually, Kai recovers his powers, destroying Boreal, and Zane recovers his memories after Vex attempts to kill Lloyd. Zane stops him, before destroying his sceptre to undo the effects of the Forbidden Scroll and this restores peace to the Never-Realm. Afterwards, Grimfax becomes King of the Never-Realm once again, Vex is banished for his crimes, and the Ninja say goodbye to their newfound friends and allies, returning home to Ninjago.[N 80]
Season 12: Prime Empire (2020)Edit
When the old, legendary video game Prime Empire resurfaces, players begin to disappear into the game. Jay loves playing video games, and after playing Prime Empire, he too disappears inside the game.[N 81] The other Ninja soon find out that the creator of Prime Empire, Milton Dyer, has disappeared as well and nobody has seen him for many years.[N 82] With the suspicion that Dyer is actually a villain named Unagami, Lloyd, Cole, Jay and Nya enter the virtual world of Prime Empire so that they can stop Dyer’s avatar, while Zane and P.I.X.A.L. remain outside to find Dyer in the real world. After a battle with the Mechanic and his allies, the Ninja successfully enter the game.[N 83] They meet “The League of Jay”, a group of Jay fans who lead them to a player named Scott. He explains that players only get four lives in the game. The Ninja later learn that when players lose their last life, they are turned into digital cubes and disappear. Scott then takes the Ninja to find Jay.[N 84] Once reunited with Jay, the Ninja must travel across three challenging game zones to obtain three Key-Tanas, which are the keys to unlocking the final challenge at the Temple of Madness. On their journey they are hunted by Red Visors, which are Unagami’s digital troops.
In the first game zone, Terra Karana, the Ninja meet a non-player character (NPC) called Okino, who helps them through many deadly challenges. In the final boss battle, the Ninja successfully win the fight against the Red Dragon to obtain the purple Key-Tana.[N 85] The yellow Key-Tana is only obtained by winning the Speedway Five-Billion, a fast and dangerous race in the second game zone called Terra Technica. The Ninja manage to win enough credits to enter the race and repair their vehicles to enter. Lloyd recruits Racer Seven, another NPC, to join the team, but she is followed by the Red Visors.[N 86] While battling the Red Visors, Scott sacrifices himself to help the Ninja escape and is transformed into a digital cube. The Ninja manage to win the Speedway Five-Billion, but Kai and Cole are both cubed during the race.[N 87] Lloyd, Jay and Nya continue on their journey to obtain the final Key-tana in the third game zone called Terra Domina. There Lloyd is forced to battle against an avatar of Harumi. He successfully defeats her, which allows them to obtain the orange Key-Tana, but Lloyd is cubed in the process.[N 88]
In the real world, Zane discovers the location of Dyer, only to get captured by the Mechanic.[N 89] When P.I.X.A.L. finds Dyer, he reveals that Scott was a test player and when he asked the game (Unagami) to give Scott an intense gaming experience, Scott became trapped inside the game. As a result, Dyer shut the game down, but Unagami survived. Zane is forced to give up the Prime Empire motherboard to the Mechanic when Wu is captured and the Mechanic uses it to create a portal from the game into the real world.[N 90]
In Prime Empire, Jay and Nya reach a digital sushi restaurant in the Temple of Madness, but Nya is cubed after being defeated by an NPC called Sushimi. After using the three Key-Tanas to reach the final level, Jay confronts Unagami, who after a short battle, transforms himself into the Empire Dragon. Jay follows him through the portal into the real world by riding on his Cyber Dragon.[N 91]
Back in the real world of Ninjago City, Jay lures Unagami to the top of Borg Tower. Dyer, Zane, Wu, and P.I.X.A.L. arrive at the tower and Dyer apologises to Unagami, who forgives him. Unagami agrees to release all of the players, including the Ninja, who are trapped inside the game and also allows the NPCs to leave of their own free will. Meanwhile, Unagami, who is now in the form of a child, and Dyer are finally reunited.[N 92]
Season 13: Master of the Mountain (2020)Edit
The Ninja and Master Wu are invited to the beautiful Kingdom of Shintaro to celebrate the young Princess Vania’s birthday.[N 93] When they arrive, they meet King Vangelis and his daughter Vania, who takes an interest in Cole. That night, while Cole is sleeping, a Geckle named Gleck enters his room and Cole discovers that the creature is in possession of his mother’s necklace. Vania takes Cole to a secret entrance that leads them into the Dungeons of Shintaro. There they discover the Geckles and the Munce, two tribes forced to work in the mines by an evil Skull Sorcerer and his Awakened Warriors. Cole is captured by the Skull Sorcerer.[N 94]
Vania finds the Ninja and leads them to the dungeons. There the Ninja are attacked by the Awakened Warriors, who when defeated, are immediately revived by the sorcerer’s Skull of Hazza D’ur. They are forced to surrender and are imprisoned in a cage.[N 95] One of the Geckles tells Cole about the Blades of Deliverance, which were wielded by a warrior named “Gilly” who freed the Geckles and Munce from a dragon called Grief-Bringer. The theft of the blades eventually caused a rift between the two tribes. The Ninja manage to escape and also free the Geckles and the Munce. They split up, with Kai and Zane taking a tunnel with the Geckles, and Lloyd, Jay and Nya taking another tunnel with the Munce. Cole is forced to take a different tunnel and is chased by the Skull Sorcerer.[N 96]
Nya, Jay, and Lloyd meet the Queen of the Munce, Murtessa, who takes a liking to Jay, but is annoyed when she finds out that Nya is his Yang. After taunting her, Murtessa challenges Nya to a duel. Nya wins the duel and becomes the new Queen of the Munce.[N 97] Meanwhile Kai and Zane are accused by Geckle Chancellor Gulch of working for the Skull Sorcerer and are forced to undergo a “Trial by Mino”. After winning the trial, Kai and Zane notice Gleck is wearing Cole’s necklace. They eventually realise that the warrior Gilly was actually Cole’s mother Lilly. Gulch resigns as the Geckle Chancellor and gives the position to Kai, who reluctantly accepts.[N 98]
Meanwhile, Vania decides to go after Cole with her pet dragon Chompy and saves him from the dungeon when he is attacked by giant spiders. Vania takes Cole to the surface and informs Wu about the Ninjas' predicament. The three consult King Vangelis to tell him about the Skull Sorcerer, but King Vangelis reveals that he is in fact the Skull Sorcerer. Vangelis presses a button that opens a trap door in the floor and Cole and Wu fall into the abyss, with Vania jumping in after them.[N 99] After a long fall and safe landing at Rock-Bottom, Wu, Cole, and Vania are met by Fungus, Korgran and Plundar who call themselves "The Lowly".[N 100] They reveal that they were sent by Vangelis many years ago to retrieve the Skull of Hazza D'ur, and upon their return, Vangelis banished them to Rock-Bottom. Cole decides to change the team name to “The Upply”.[N 101] The Upply, Cole, Master Wu, and Vania team up to make their ascent to the surface. The group discover the Heart of the Mountain, a legendary temple of the Masters of Earth. There Master Wu explains to Cole the teaching of the Spinjitzu Burst. Cole finds and operates the Fire Stone Mech to return the group to the surface.
Meanwhile, Nya and Kai try to lead the Munce and the Geckles to a peace meeting, but are ambushed by the newly resurrected undead dragon, Grief-Bringer and the Awakened Warriors, who force the two tribes to flee into a Strong-Cave. The Skull Sorcerer tricks Lloyd into believing that if they surrender, the Munce and Geckles can go free. However, the Skull Sorcerer instead enslaves the Geckles and Munce and the Ninja are captured.[N 102]
Cole and his crew venture back underground to fight the Skull Sorcerer and free their friends. Cole confronts the Skull Sorcerer now with the Blades of Deliverance, but discovers that they have no power.[N 103] While fighting the Skull Sorcerer, he has a flashback of his mother Lilly, which helps him to unlock the Spinjitzu Burst. This powerful move destroys the Skull, Awakened Warriors and Grief-Bringer. Vania arrives with Wu on Chompy and the Winged Guards of Shintaro and they arrest Vangelis. Vania is crowned Queen of Shintaro, allowing the Ninja to set off on a new adventure.[N 104]
Season 14: Untitled (2021)Edit
Season 14 is currently in production. The season title has not yet been announced.
|Lloyd||Jillian Michaels||Sam Vincent|
|Garmadon||Mark Oliver||Mark Oliver|
|Misako||Kathleen Barr||Kathleen Barr|
|Skales||Ian James Corlett||Ian James Corlett||Ian James Corlett|
|Pythor||Michael Dobson||Michael Dobson|
|Skylor||Heather Doerksen||Heather Doerksen|
|Ronin||Brian Dobson||Brian Dobson|
|Harumi||Britt McKillip||Britt McKillip|
- Lloyd Montgomery Garmadon (voiced by Jillian Michaels in Seasons 1–7 and Sam Vincent in Seasons 8-present) is the Green Ninja and Elemental Master of Energy. He is the current leader of the Ninja, son of Garmadon and Misako, nephew of Master Wu and the grandson of the First Spinjitzu Master. He frequently wields either a katana or dual katanas. Lloyd's powers are vaguely defined, a fact admitted by his friends, but he possesses the ability to manipulate energy (ergokinesis). Lloyd made his debut in Season 1 as a mischievous child wanting to be an evil warlord just like his father. This resulted in childish schemes that were often foiled by the original four Ninja. Lloyd was eventually captured and reformed by the Ninja and Master Wu, Lloyd's paternal uncle, and eventually discovered his destiny as the Green Ninja. While initially mischievous and naive, Lloyd has been tempered by experience and time into a mature and capable ninja. Though still the youngest, he has emerged as the natural leader of the Ninja, displaying wisdom beyond his years. Lloyd greatly appreciates his friends, saying that it was them who taught him the "importance of being brave, of being strong, and most importantly, being good". He believes the team's strength comes from "no one being more important than the other". Lloyd can still be rash in matters of family (especially regarding his father).
- Kai (voiced by Vincent Tong) is the Red Ninja and Elemental Master of Fire. Like Lloyd, he frequently wields either a katana or dual katanas. His elemental power grants him limited pyrokinesis and heat resistance. Kai is fiercely loyal to his friends and family, often willing to do anything to ensure their safety. He often acts on emotion instead of reason, causing him to be hotheaded, cocky, and rash. He also has a strong sense of responsibility, feeling enormous guilt in situations where his friends suffer, such as when Zane sacrificed himself in Season 3 and when Lloyd was possessed in Season 5. Kai is the elder brother of Nya and son of Ray and Maya.
- Jay Walker (born Jay Gordon) (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is the Blue Ninja and Elemental Master of Lightning. He frequently wields nunchucks and more recently, a kusarigama. His elemental power grants him limited electricity manipulation. He is also a skilled mechanic and is technologically savvy. Jay is inventive and quick-witted, often using comedy to alleviate stressful situations. He is easily excitable and prone to freaking out when in crises but like the other Ninja is intensely loyal to his friends, especially his girlfriend Nya. He is the son of Cliff Gordon and the previous Elemental Master of Lightning, but was adopted and raised by Ed and Edna Walker.
- Zane (voiced by Brent Miller) is the White/Titanium Ninja and Elemental Master of Ice. He frequently wields three-pointed shuriken and, more recently, a bow and arrows. His elemental power grants him limited cryokinesis. Zane is intelligent and calculating, often providing intel to the other ninja as it applies to their situation. Initially, he lacks normal social skills, such as a sense of humour, but he also has the ability of sixth sense. It is later revealed that Zane is secretly an android (or "nindroid"), a fact unknown to both the Ninja and Zane himself. Though he is still logical and matter-of-fact by nature, his brotherhood with the other Ninja has enabled him to develop more human characteristics. He is the son/creation of Dr. Julien.
- Cole (voiced by Kirby Morrow) is the grounded and solid Black Ninja and Elemental Master of Earth. He frequently wields a scythe and, in recent seasons, a war hammer. His elemental power grants him limited earth manipulation and super strength. The original leader of the Ninja, he is very loyal to his friends and family and has a special love for food, especially cake. He is the son of Lou and Lilly.
- Nya (voiced by Kelly Metzger) is the Silver/Maroon Ninja, Elemental Master of Water and the original Samurai X. She frequently wields a sword and, more recently, a spear. Her elemental power grants her limited hydrokinesis. Originally not a part of the Ninja team, Nya joins when her skills as the Elemental Master of Water are needed to defeat the ghosts and the Preeminent in Season 5. Tough and determined, she refuses to let anyone tell her what to do. Though she can sometimes be stubborn, Nya truly does care about her friends and family, often making the most mature decisions of the group and serving as emotional support. A skilled mechanic, she often constructs vehicles for the other Ninja. Nya is Kai's younger sister and the daughter of Ray and Maya.
- P.I.X.A.L. (Primary Interactive X-ternal Assistant Life-form) (voiced by Jennifer Hayward) is a female nindroid who was originally an assistant to her creator/father Cyrus Borg. She joins the Ninja team after being influenced by her fellow nindroid Zane. She is disassembled in Season 4, but is then uploaded into Zane's system as an artificial intelligence. In Season 7, she secretly rebuilds herself and becomes the new Samurai X. She often provides technical support to the Ninja while serving as Zane's love interest.
- Sensei/Master Wu (voiced by Paul Dobson, Caleb Skeris as a baby, Madyx Whiteway as a child) is the wise, ancient master of the Ninja who frequently wields his father's staff. He is Lloyd's uncle, younger son of the First Spinjitzu Master and brother to Garmadon. Because of his Oni heritage, Wu has lived for over a thousand years.
- Lord/Sensei/Emperor Garmadon (voiced by Mark Oliver, Kai Emmett as a child) is Lloyd's father, Wu's older brother, Misako's estranged husband, and older son of the First Spinjitzu Master. Garmadon is the main antagonist for the first two seasons but is later cleansed of evil and becomes a sensei to the Ninja. In Season 4 he is sacrificed to the Cursed Realm to stop Master Chen's Anacondrai army. Garmadon is later ressurrected in Season 8 by the Sons of Garmadon as a being of pure evil and proceeds to conquer Ninjago, proclaiming himself as the realm's new emperor. However at the end of Season 9, Garmadon's reign of terror is finally brought to an end and he is imprisoned in Kryptarium Prison. In Season 10, he is released to help the Ninja defeat the Oni, after which he walks free. His whereabouts are currently unknown. Because of his Oni heritage, Garmadon has lived for over a thousand years.
- Dareth (voiced by Alan Marriott) is the bumbling self-proclaimed "Brown Ninja" and Grand Sensei of Dareth's Mojo Dojo. He is a frequent ally of the Ninja both by choice and coincidence.
- Mistaké (voiced by Mackenzie Gray Seasons 1–2, Mark Oliver Season 4-5, Tabitha St. Germain Seasons 8–9) is a grouchy but wise old lady who owns a tea shop that sells rare tea with magical properties. In Season 9, she is revealed to be a shapeshifter and an Oni in disguise. In the same season, it is implied that she was killed by Garmadon.
- Cyrus Borg (voiced by Lee Tockar) is a tech genius, inventor and head of Borg Industries. He is the creator/father of P.I.X.A.L. and has invented many cutting edge electronic tools and gadgets. He first sought out the Ninja in Season 3 after the Digital Overlord overtook his computer systems. Throughout the series he has built a variety of tools, security systems, machines, and vehicles to assist the Ninja.
- Ronin (voiced by Brian Dobson) is a thief, mercenary and bounty hunter, motivated by self-interest who will sometimes assist the Ninja if it suits his needs. However, he will easily double cross them if he is paid well. He makes his first appearance in Season 5.
- Police Commissioner (voiced by Michael Donovan) is the head of the Ninjago Police. He was originally introduced in Season 6 as an antagonist who pursued the Ninja when they were framed for committing various crimes by Nadakhan. Since then, he has assisted them both personally and with the full backing of the police force.
- First Spinjitzu Master (voiced by Jim Conrad) is the legendary inventor of Spinjitzu, father of Wu and Garmadon, and grandfather of Lloyd. Originally from the Realm of Oni and Dragons, he created the realm of Ninjago and fought the Overlord, trapping him on the Dark Island. He died long before the start of the series.
- Misako (voiced by Kathleen Barr) is Garmadon's estranged wife and Lloyd's mother who works as an archaeologist.
- Dr. Julien (voiced by Mark Oliver) is an inventor and the creator/father of Zane. He is presumed dead until Season 2 when Dr. Julien reveals that Samukai had revived and imprisoned him. He briefly travels with the Ninja after they find him at the Lighthouse Prison, but dies sometime between Seasons 2 and 3.
- Ed Walker (voiced by Colin Murdock) is the adoptive father of Jay and the husband of Edna Walker, as well as the co-owner of Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk.
- Edna Walker (voiced by Jillian Michaels) is the adoptive mother of Jay and the wife of Ed Walker, as well as the co-owner of Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk.
- Lou (voiced by Kirby Morrow) is Cole's father, Lilly's husband, and notable member of the Royal Blacksmiths, a famous song and dance troupe.
- Lilly (voiced by Erin Mathews) is Cole's mother and the former Elemental Master of Earth. She passed away before the start of the series, but in Season 13 is revealed to have been a great warrior who freed Shintaro Mountain from evil by defeating Grief-Bringer. In doing so, she became a legend to the Geckles and Munce, who call her Gilly and Milly respectively.
- Ray (voiced by Vincent Tong) is Kai and Nya's father, Maya's husband and the former Elemental Master of Fire. He previously fought alongside his wife with Masters Wu and Garmadon as part of the First Elemental Alliance during the First Serpentine War. He is a skilled blacksmith.
- Maya (voiced by Jillian Michaels) is Kai and Nya's mother, Ray's wife and the former Elemental Master of Water. She previously fought alongside her husband with Masters Wu and Garmadon as part of the First Elemental Alliance during the First Serpentine War.
- Jay's mother (voiced by Kelly Metzger) is Cliff Gordon's wife and the former Elemental Master of Lightning. She appears in Season 7 but her name remains a mystery.
The Skulkin are an army of skeletons that inhabit the Underworld and are the main antagonists of the Pilot Season. After becoming their leader, Garmadon sends Samukai and the Skulkin to Ninjago to find the Four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu. In Season 1, Garmadon again leads the Skulkin to help the Ninja to obtain the Fang Blades from the Serpentine and save Lloyd.
- Samukai (voiced by Michael Kopsa) is the four-armed Skulkin ruler of the Underworld until Lord Garmadon defeats him in single combat and takes command. In the Pilot Season, he leads the attacks on Ninjago, sent by Garmadon to retrieve the four Golden Weapons. He attempts to betray Garmadon by keeping the weapons for himself but, unable to control the power of all four Golden Weapons, is instead overloaded with power and killed. His body creates a portal to another realm, which Garmadon travels though to amass more power. He temporarily returns on the Day of the Departed to seek revenge on Jay.
- Kruncha (voiced by Brian Drummond) is a brutish Skulkin general who serves under Samukai and takes part in the raids to retrieve the Golden Weapons. After the Skulkin's defeat, he finds himself roaming Ninjago and taking odd jobs with Nuckal.
- Nuckal (voiced by Brian Drummond) is a crazy Skulkin general. He serves under Samukai and takes part in the raids to retrieve the Golden Weapons. After the Skulkin's defeat, he finds himself roaming Ninjago and taking odd jobs with Kruncha.
- Wyplash (voiced by Michael Dobson) is a paranoid Skulkin general. Unlike Samukai, Kruncha and Nuckal, he does not take part in the Golden Weapon raids. After the Skulkin are defeated, he attempts to ambush Nya but is soundly beaten.
The Serpentine are an ancient race of humanoid serpents who once dominated Ninjago. They serve as the main antagonists of Season 1. They consist of five tribes, the Anacondrai, Hypnobrai, Fangpyre, Constrictai and Venomari. The Serpentine held a prophecy that foretold the coming of the evil Golden Master, but their attempts to warn the humans resulted in them being entombed underground. Released by Lloyd Garmadon in Season 1, the Serpentine attempt to conquer Ninjago several times under the leadership of Pythor, Lord Garmadon, and Skales. In Season 2, they make a home for themselves underground. In Season 3, they aid the people of Ninjago to escape from the Golden Master. In Season 4, they help the Elemental Masters to fight against Master Chen's army of fake Anacondrai.
- The Great Devourer is a giant snake worshipped by the Serpentine. It has the ability to increase its size by consuming anything in its path. The Great Devourer is responsible for turning Garmadon evil when he was bitten as a child and corrupted by its venom. The snake is released by Pythor in Season 2 to exact revenge on the people of Ninjago, but it is destroyed by Garmadon using the Golden Weapons. Despite its demise, the Great Devourer has continued to cause conflict in Ninjago. In Season 2, its venom revives the Stone Army. In Season 7, its eggs are used by the Hands of Time to breed an army of Vermillion.
- Pythor P. Chumsworth (voiced by Michael Dobson) is the general and last remaining member of the Anacondrai Tribe. Upon his release in Season 1, Pythor pretends to be Lloyd's ally in order to steal the map to the Serpentine tombs so that he can unite the tribes and become the Snake King. He eventually releases the Great Devourer, but becomes one of its victims. In Season 3, Pythor is revealed to have survived and allies with the Overlord to once again seek revenge on humans. He swallows a shrinking pill that was meant for the Overlord, which shrinks his size. In Season 4, he is captured by Master Chen and his sweat is used to permanently transform Chen’s Fake Anacondrai Army, but he finds a way to defeat them by releasing the spirits of the Anacondrai generals. In gratitude, Arcturus restores Pythor to his original size. Pythor has the ability to turn invisible and is initially coloured purple and black, but after being swallowed by the Great Devourer, his scales are bleached white.
- General Arcturus (voiced by Scott McNeil) is a general and leader of the Anacondrai Tribe and supreme leader of the Serpentine during the First Serpentine War. He and the other Anacondrai generals were banished to the Cursed Realm after being defeated by the Elemental Alliance. The ghosts of the Anacondrai generals are later freed in Season 4 in order to defeat Chen's Anacondrai Army.
- Skales (voiced by Ian James Corlett) is the leader and general of the Hypnobrai Tribe and current Snake King of the Serpentine following the perceived death of Pythor. Originally ranked a warrior, Skales becomes a general after challenging and defeating General Slithraa. After being defeated time and time again by the Ninja, he and the rest of the Serpentine find themselves trapped underground by the Stone Army. The Serpentine then reform, take an oath of pacifism and began to live peacefully alongside the other inhabitants of Ninjago. Skales settles down, starts a family, and has assisted the Ninja in matters relating to snakes. Like all Hypnobrai, Skales can hypnotize his foes if they stare into his eyes. He is also a master of the ancient art of Fang-kwon-do.
- Slithraa (voiced by John Novak) is the former leader and general of the Hypnobrai Tribe. After accidentally hypnotizing himself, he becomes a servant to Lloyd Garmadon and leads his tribe in accomplishing the childish schemes of the young boy. Frustrated by being ordered around by a boy, Skales sees an opportunity to rise in power. After another failed scheme, Slithraa is challenged by Skales to a match in the Slither Pit for the right to lead the Hypnobrai. Slithraa is subsequently defeated by Skales and is demoted to warrior.
- Fangtom (voiced by Mackenzie Gray) is the two-headed leader and general of the Fangpyre Tribe. He is an old friend of Skales and, like all the Fangpyre, has a red and white coloration with the ability to turn anyone or anything into a snake by injecting them with his poisonous venom.
- Skalidor (voiced by Michael Dobson) is the powerful leader and general of the Constrictai Tribe. Like all Constrictai, Skalidor has black and orange coloration and the ability to burrow underground while also possessing abundant strength.
- Acidicus (voiced by Paul Dobson) is the intelligent leader and general of the Venomari Tribe. Like all Venomari, Acidicus has green coloration and the ability to spit venom at his foes which causes fear inducing hallucinations.
The Overlord and his armies are the main antagonists of Season 2 and 3. Thousands of years ago the Overlord challenged the First Spinjitzu Master in combat, but was defeated and trapped on the Dark Island. In the series, his spirit influences and possesses Garmadon with the aim of conquering Ninjago. In Season 2, the Overlord uses Garmadon to raise a Stone Army, led by General Kozu. In Season 3, he returns as the Digital Overlord, a computer virus that creates an army of Nindroids, led by General Cryptor.
- The Overlord (voiced by Scott McNeil) is an entity of pure evil and the manifestation of darkness in Ninjago. Before the series he fought the First Spinjitzu Master, but was defeated and trapped on the Dark Island. Thousands of years later he possesses Garmadon in Season 2 and transforms into a huge dragon. Lloyd defeats the Overlord in the Season 2 finale by unlocking his Golden Power. The Overlord returns in Season 3 as the Digital Overlord, a computer virus that takes over the technology of New Ninjago City. He steals Lloyd’s Golden Power, allowing him to become the Golden Master. After attacking New Ninjago City, he is defeated by Zane in the season finale.
- General Kozu (voiced by Paul Dobson) is the four-armed general of the Overlord's Stone Army in Season 2. He appears once again in the Day of the Departed.
- General Cryptor (voiced by Richard Newman) is the general of the Overlord's Nindroid Army. He is one of the main villains in Season 3 who aims to stop the Ninja from defeating the Overlord. He appears once again in the Day of the Departed.
- Min-Droid (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is a member of the Nindroid Army who is shorter than the other nindroids because the factory that produced him ran out of metal.
Master Chen and his Anacondrai Cultists serve as the main antagonists of Season 4. When the Ninja are invited to the Tournament of Elements they are forced to compete against the other Elemental Masters. Chen secretly uses the tournament to steal their powers in order to transform his followers into Anacondrai Warriors.
- Master Chen (voiced by Ian James Corlett) is the leader of the Anacondrai Cultists and the father of Skylor. Before the series, he was exiled to an island after allying himself with the Serpentine and betraying humanity during the first Serpentine War. In Season 4 he attempts to steal the powers of the Elemental Masters to transform him and his followers into powerful Anacondrai warriors in order to conquer Ninjago. By the season finale he is defeated and banished to the Cursed Realm. In Season 5, Chen is destroyed when the Preeminent is dropped into the ocean. He is later resurrected by Master Yang on the Day of the Departed as a way to exact revenge on Kai and Nya.
- Clouse (voiced by Scott McNeil) is a dark sorcerer and Chen's right-hand man. He and Garmadon previously trained under Master Chen before the First Serpentine War. He is sent to the Cursed Realm after being defeated by Garmadon in Season 4, but escapes the Preeminent before its destruction in Season 5. After the reversal of Jay’s wish in the finale of Season 6, he fails to release Nadakhan, ensuring that the events never take place.
- Eyezor (voiced by Michael Donovan) is a smug one-eyed general of Chen's Anacondrai Cultists. He oversees the transportation of goods from the noodle factory to Chen's noodle house.
- Zugu (voiced by Brian Dobson) is a clumsy general of Chen's Anacondrai Cultists. He oversees the production of goods in Chen's noodle factory as well as the prisoners who were forced to make them.
- Kapau (voiced by Alessandro Juliani) is a comical Anacondrai Cultist who is never seen without Chope.
- Chope (voiced by Ian Hanlin) is a comical Anacondrai Cultist who is never seen without Kapau.
The Elemental Masters are warriors who have mastered the elements in Ninjago. Long before the series, the first Elemental Masters served as the guardians of the First Spinjitzu Master and passed their powers down through the generations. Their descendants are brought together at the Tournament of Elements in Season 4 and help the Ninja to fight against Master Chen's Anacondrai Army. In Season 9, they form a resistance to help Lloyd save Ninjago City from Emperor Garmadon.
- Skylor Chen (voiced by Heather Doerksen) is the Elemental Master of Amber and Master Chen's daughter. She has the ability to temporarily absorb and use other elemental powers. In Season 4 she operates as a spy for her father in the Tournament of Elements and is tasked with disrupting the Ninja and their alliance. Though she initially helps her father to steal the elemental powers of the other masters, Kai convinces her to switch sides and she ultimately betrays Chen and helps to return the stolen elemental powers. It is revealed by Chen that Skylor inherited the power of Amber from her mother. She has reappeared as an ally of the Ninja in subsequent seasons and is the romantic interest of Kai.
- Karlof (voiced by Scott McNeil) is the Elemental Master of Metal and engineer from Metalonia. He has the ability to turn his entire body into metal and grow slightly in size.
- Griffin Turner (voiced by Doron Bell) is the Elemental Master of Speed. He has the ability to move at super speed.
- Shade (voiced by Andrew Francis) is the Elemental Master of Shadow. He has the ability to disappear and move in shadows.
- Neuro (voiced by Paul Dobson) is the Elemental Master of Mind. He has the ability to read minds and manipulate thoughts.
- Paleman (voiced by Kirby Morrow) (also known as Mr. Pale) is the Elemental Master of Light. He has the ability to generate light and turn invisible.
- Tox (voiced by Ian James Corlett in Season 4, Maggie Blue O'Hara in Season 9) is the Elemental Master of Poison who is capable of producing toxic clouds.
- Jacob Pevsner (voiced by Paul Dobson) is the blind Elemental Master of Sound, who wields a guitar in combat and has the ability to manipulate sounds.
- Bolobo (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is the Elemental Master of Nature. He has the ability to control plants.
- Chamille (voiced by Maryke Hendrikse) is the Elemental Master of Form. She has the ability to shapeshift.
- Ash (voiced by Brent Miller) is the Elemental Master of Smoke. He has the ability to create smokescreens and transform into smoke.
- Gravis (voiced by Kirby Morrow in episode 37, Mark Oliver in all other appearances) is the Elemental Master of Gravity. He has the ability to levitate and alter gravity.
The ghosts are a faction of cursed spirits that are the main antagonists of Season 5. They are summoned by Morro from the Cursed Realm. Ghosts have the ability to transform and possess objects and organisms. They are immune to most forms of physical attack, but are vulnerable to water.
- The Preeminent is the embodiment of the Cursed Realm and the master of Morro and the ghost warriors. Her ultimate goal is to retrieve the Realm Crystal from the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master and ensure her arrival in Ninjago which will curse all sixteen realms, including Ninjago. She resembles a massive eyeball with tentacles. Although she successfully crosses into Ninjago in Season 5, she is defeated when Nya unlocks her True Potential and drowns her with a huge wave. In Season 11, she returns from the Departed Realm after Wu tries to open a portal to the Never-Realm, but is defeated by P.I.X.A.L and sent back.
- Morro (voiced by Michael Dobson in episode 44, Andrew Francis from 45 onward) is the Elemental Master of Wind and leader of the Ghost Army who has the ability to control air. He was a former pupil and student of Master Wu who was led to believe that he would become the legendary Green Ninja. When the Golden Weapons proved otherwise, he was enraged and left Master Wu's care, determined to prove destiny wrong. He was eventually banished to the Cursed Realm and returned as a ghost. In Season 5, Morro possesses Lloyd and plans to release the Preeminent. In the season finale he is killed while being dragged into water by the Preeminent. On the Day of the Departed, he is resurrected by Master Yang, possesses a statue of himself, and helps the Ninja by telling them of Yang's plan before making peace with his former master and returning to the Departed Realm.
- Bow Master Soul Archer (voiced by Brian Dobson) is Morro's a ghost warrior who wields a bow and arrows that can turn its targets into ghosts.
- Chain Master Wrayth (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is a ghost warrior who wields a chained whip that can turn its targets into ghosts. He rides a possessed bike, similar to Marvel's Ghost Rider.
- Scythe Master Ghoultar (voiced by Paul Dobson) is a ghost warrior who wields a scythe. He is often distracted by food.
- Blade Master Bansha (voiced by Kathleen Barr) is a ghost and dark sorceress who wields a double-bladed dagger. She has telepathic powers, the ability to create sonic screams, and can possess targets from a distance.
- Sensei/Master Kodokuna Yang (voiced by Michael Donovan) is the creator of Airjitzu and current guardian of the temple on Haunted Hill. Before the series he accidentally turned himself and his students into ghosts after arrogantly attempting to use the Yin Blade to gain immortality. In Season 5 he attempts to trap the Ninja inside the Temple of Airjitzu and on the Day of the Departed he fights Cole to reach the Rift of Return in order to become human again.
The Sky Pirates are a motley crew of renegades who are the main antagonists of Season 6. Before the series the Sky Pirates were scattered across the Sixteen Realms but are freed by Nadakhan in Season 6 using the Realm Crystal.
- Nadakhan (voiced by Scott McNeil) is the Djinn leader of the Sky Pirates and captain of Misfortune's Keep. He has the ability to grant three wishes to anyone within earshot. He is the prince of the Kingdom of Djinjago and son of Khanjikhan. In Season 6, he plots to marry Nya in order to become all powerful with the ability of infinite wishes, but is defeated when Jay makes his final wish which reverses all of the events.
- Flintlocke (voiced by Paul Dobson) is Nadakhan's second-in-command who dresses like an old-time aviator and is known for never missing a shot.
- Dogshank (voiced by Nicole Oliver) is a massive female pirate who wears a helmet that conceals most of her head.
- Doubloon (voiced by Vincent Tong) is a sinister looking general who resembles a Japanese demon in samurai armor.
- Monkey Wretch (voiced by Ian James Corlett) is a fierce mechanical monkey.
- Clancee (voiced by Ian James Corlett) a green Serpentine with a right peg leg who is constantly stuttering.
- Squiffy (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is a human who wears a patch over his right eye. His real name is Landon.
- Bucko (voiced by Brian Dobson) is a human who wears a patch over his left eye. His real name is Colin.
- Khanjikhan (voiced by Michael Antonakos) is the King of the Kingdom of Djinjago and Nadakhan's father who presumably dies when his realm is destroyed.
The Hands of Time (Krux and Acronix) and their Vermillion Warriors are the main antagonists of Season 7. Forty years before the beginning of Season 7, the Hands of Time are supposedly lost in the time vortex, but reappear at the start of the season. They breed an army of Vermillion to control time and conquer Ninjago. The Vermillion are the progeny of the Great Devourer and appear as humanoids formed from numerous snakes. They have the ability to reform immediately after being defeated in battle.
- Krux (voiced by Michael Daingerfield) is one of the Elemental Masters of Time along with his twin brother Acronix. He originally disguised himself as the museum curator Dr. Sander Saunders until his true identity was revealed in Season 7. He once had the ability to pause and reverse time.
- Acronix (voiced by Ian Hanlin) is one of the Elemental Masters of Time along with his twin brother Krux. He was trapped in a time vortex for 40 years until Season 7. He once had the ability to speed up and slow down time.
- Machia (voiced by Kathleen Barr) is the intelligent supreme commander of the Vermillion with Gorgon-like hair. Like all Vermillion, she was bred by Krux from the eggs of the Great Devourer. Like the other two commanders, Machia is able to control the Vermillion by communicating with their hive mind.
- Raggmunk (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is a commander of the Vermillion.
- Blunck (voiced by Brian Dobson) is a commander of the Vermillion.
Sons of GarmadonEdit
The Sons of Garmadon are a criminal biker gang that are the main antagonists of Season 8 and 9 in Ninjago City. Led by a mysterious leader known as “The Quiet One”, their aim is to resurrect Lord Garmadon in a purely evil form. In Season 8, they successfully acquire three Oni masks which are the keys to performing the ritual that can resurrect Garmadon from the Departed Realm. In Season 9, they terrorise and hunt down the citizens of Ninjago City under the rule of the newly resurrected Emperor Garmadon.
- Princess Harumi (voiced by Britt McKillip) (also known as the Jade Princess, “The Quiet One” and her nickname Rumi) is the adopted daughter of the Emperor and Empress of Ninjago. Her parents are killed during the destruction of the Great Devourer in Season 1. This tragic event results in her blaming the Ninja for her parents' deaths and idolising Garmadon for defeating the Great Devourer. In Season 8, she secretly creates and leads the Sons of Garmadon to resurrect Garmadon and exact revenge on the Ninja. Although the Ninja eventually discover that she is “The Quiet One”, they do not succeed in preventing the resurrection of Lord Garmadon, which results in the fall of Ninjago. She and the Sons of Garmadon then terrorise Ninjago under Emperor Garmadon. In Season 9, Harumi is killed by a collapsing building, but not before helping another family to escape. She appears again in Season 12 as an avatar pitted against Lloyd while he is trying to obtain a Key-tana.
- Killow (voiced by Garry Chalk) is the hulking first general of the Sons of Garmadon, also known as the Big Man. He frequently wears the Oni Mask of Deception, which grants him the power of levitation.
- Ultra Violet (voiced by Maggie Blue O'Hara (Seasons 8-9), Sharon Alexander (Season 11-onward) is the unhinged second general of the Sons of Garmadon. In Seasons 8 and 9 she frequently wears the Oni Mask of Hatred, sharing it with Harumi, which makes them both indestructible. She appears again in Season 11, where it is revealed that she despises Zane the most out of all of the Ninja.
- Mr. E (voiced by Brent Miller) is the silent and robotic third general of the Sons of Garmadon. In Season 8, he is revealed to be a nindroid like Zane. He frequently wears the Oni Mask of Vengeance which grants him four arms. He is later destroyed by Emperor Garmadon for failing to capture Lloyd.
- Luke Cunningham (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is an avid biker, also known as the Man in the White Mask. In the first episode of Season 8, Luke and four other Sons of Garmadon members accompany Mr. E in the theft of the Oni Mask of Vengeance. He is arrested and later interrogated by Cole and Zane, where he accidentally reveals the location of the Sons of Garmadon.
The Dragon Hunters are the main antagonists of Season 9 in the Realm of Oni and Dragons (the First Realm). Led by their authoritarian leader Iron Baron, they hunt dragons to exploit their elemental powers. They capture Wu and the Ninja in Season 9, but eventually turn against Iron Baron and befriend the Ninja.
- Iron Baron (voiced by Brian Drummond) is the authoritarian leader of the Dragon Hunters. He seeks revenge on Firstbourne but is ultimately killed by her after attempting to wear the Dragon Armor.
- Faith (voiced by Kathleen Barr) (also known as Heavy Metal) is Iron Baron's second-in-command and original wielder of the Dragonbone Blade. She is the first Dragon Hunter to defect upon discovering Wu is the son of the First Spinjitzu Master, destined to find the Dragon Armor. Following Iron Baron's death, she takes over as the leader of the Dragon Hunters.
- Daddy No Legs (voiced by Ian James Corlett) is a Dragon Hunter who has no legs and uses a spider-leg apparatus to get around.
- Muzzle (voiced by Brent Miller) is the right-hand man to Daddy No Legs. He speaks in a language only the Dragon Hunters can understand.
- Jet Jack (voiced by Rhona Rees) is the former rival and current second-in-command of Heavy Metal. She is never without a jetpack.
- Chew Toy (voiced by Scott McNeil) is an overweight and mentally unstable Dragon Hunter.
- Arkade (voiced by Michael Donovan) is an almost living arcade, with arcade functions on his frontside.
- Scar (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is a Dragon Hunter who calls himself "Scar the Skullbreaker."
The Oni are a demonic race and the first evil to come into existence. Known as the "Bringers of Doom", they serve as the main antagonists of Season 10. Thousands of years before the series they waged a never-ending war against the Dragons. While the Dragons had the power of creation, the Oni had the power of destruction. They once inhabited Oni land in the First Realm (the Realm of Oni and Dragons) but mysteriously disappear in order to conquer the Sixteen Realms. In Season 10 they enter Ninjago through the Realm Crystal and cover Ninjago City in darkness.
- The Omega (voiced by Zach LeBlanc) is a warlord and the leader of the Oni. He aims to engulf Ninjago in darkness, so that the power of creation is forever destroyed. The Omega and the Oni are presumably killed when the Ninja combine their powers to perform the Tornado of Creation.
Led by Aspheera, the Pyro-Vipers are the main antagonists of Season 11: The Fire Chapter. Long before the series, Aspheera was magically entombed for attempting to overthrow the King of the Serpentine. In Season 11: The Fire Chapter she is accidentally released by the Ninja. Upon her release, she steals Kai's fire power and uses it to revive the mummified Serpentine to exact revenge on the "Treacherous Deceiver" and burn Ninjago City.
- Aspheera (voiced by Pauline Newstone) is a sorceress of the Serpentine who desired to learn Spinjitzu when Wu and Garmadon were children. In exchange for learning the art, she released young Garmadon and Wu from the dungeons after they trespassed on Serpentine land against their father's law. Aspheera became friends with Wu, who taught her the art of Spinjitzu. However, she betrayed her promise to Wu to never use Spinjitzu for evil and overthrew King Mambo V. Garmadon and Wu armed themselves with the Forbidden Scrolls of Spinjitzu and defeated Aspheera. She blamed Wu for not teaching her Forbidden Spinjitzu, believing that her actions were justifiable. When sentenced to magical entombment, she swore vengeance on Wu. Around a thousand years later, Jay and Nya accidentally set her free while the Ninja are exploring a pyramid in the Desert of Doom. Aspheera steals Kai's fire power and uses it to revive the mummified Serpentine in the tomb. After seizing one of the Scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu, she attempts to conquer and burn Ninjago City. Aspheera is defeated by Zane when she attacks the Monastery of Spinjitzu and is locked in Kryptarium Prison.
- Char (voiced by Brian Drummond) is a Pyro-Viper and Aspheera's servant.
- King Mambo V (voiced by Michael Dobson) is the King of the Serpentine during the days of the First Spinjitzu Master. He orders Garmadon and Wu to be imprisoned for trespassing. He was overthrown by Aspheera but restored to his rightful place on the throne when Wu defeated Aspheera. He then sentenced Aspheera to magical entombment as punishment.
The Ice Emperor and his Blizzard Samurai rule the Never-Realm and serve as the main antagonists of Season 11: The Ice Chapter. Before the series, the Ice Emperor attacked the village of the Formlings, turning them all into blocks of ice, except for Akita and Kataru. The Formlings are shapeshifters who can take the form of various animals.
- Ice Emperor (voiced by Brent Miller under the pseudonym Graeme Pailsade) is the ruler of the Never-Realm and Leader of the Blizzard Samurai. He is revealed to be Zane later in the season. Before the Ninja arrive in the Never-Realm, Zane connected himself to Lloyd's Titan Mech, and attempted to run a system diagnostic, only to have the plug pulled by Vex. This resulted in Zane's memories being erased. Vex manipulated Zane into conquering the Never-Realm and becoming the Ice Emperor. He regains his memories and turns the Never-Realm back to its normal state in the season finale with the help of Lloyd.
- General Vex (voiced by Michael Kopsa) is the Ice Emperor's Second-In-Command and general of the Blizzard Samurai. He was a Formling, but was excluded and mocked for being unable to find his form. He manipulated Zane into becoming the Ice Emperor. He is banished into the Never-Realm when Zane regains his memory.
- Grimfax (voiced by Brian Drummond) is the leader of the Blizzard Warrior army. He was the ruler of the Never-Realm before Zane and Vex usurped him. He becomes an ally of Lloyd and Kataru later in the season. Once Zane regains his memories and destroys his scepter, Grimfax reclaims his throne and aligns with the Formlings to banish Vex.
- Akita (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) is a Formling with the ability to change into a vulpine wolf. She accompanies Lloyd with the aim of exacting revenge on the Ice Emperor for attacking the Formlings. She reunites with her brother, Kataru when Zane destroys the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu.
- Kataru (voiced by Cole Howard) is Akita's twin brother, and a Formling with the ability to change into a bear. He was thought to be dead, but is later revealed to be a prisoner. He helps Lloyd and Grimfax to help bring Zane back to his normal self.
- Sorla (voiced by Patty Drake) is a village elder and the leader of Great Lake. Sorla helps and mentors the Ninja during their time in the Never-Realm. She helps Kai to regain his fire power and Nya to begin mastering ice.
- Krag (voiced by Brian Drummond) is the last surviving yeti in the Never-Realm whom Cole befriends.
Unagami and his Red Visors serve as the main antagonists of Season 12 and inhabit the video game called Prime Empire. Unagami is aided by the Mechanic in the real world of Ninjago City to open a portal between Prime Empire and the real world. To stop him, the Ninja are forced to battle through the many levels of the game, while avoiding the Red Visors.
- Unagami (voiced by Dean Redman) is the artificial intelligence (AI) that develops into the video game Prime Empire (created with the working title of Unfinished Adventure Game I). In Season 12, Unagami constructs a portal from Prime Empire into Ninjago with the aid of the Mechanic, but agrees to undo his evil deeds after reuniting with his creator, Milton Dyer.
- Milton Dyer (voiced by Mark Hildreth) is the creator of Prime Empire who went missing after people began disappearing inside the video game. In Season 12, he is found by P.I.X.A.L. and helps to stop Unagami by apologising for abandoning him.
- The Mechanic (voiced by Michael Antonakos (Season 6, Season 11-onwards), Alan Marriott (Season 8) is a former noodle truck repairman and recurring antagonist. In Season 6, he intimidated the Ninja while in prison, hoping to steal robotic parts from Zane. He reappears in Season 8 as a minor character, fighting Kai and Zane before being frozen by the latter. In Season 11, it is revealed that he despises Nya the most of all the Ninja. In Season 12, he allies himself with Unagami and assists with opening the portal from Prime Empire into the real world.
- Scott (voiced by Adrian Petriw) is a beta-tester of Prime Empire who has been trapped in the game for over 30 years. After sacrificing himself to aid the Ninja, he is able to escape Prime Empire and return to Ninjago City.
- Okino (voiced by Alessandro Juliani) is a samurai that guides players to the purple Key-Tana in Terra Karana. He decides to go his own way after learning that he can make his own decisions.
- Racer Seven (voiced by Shannon Chan-Kent) is a non-player character (NPC) in Prime Empire and a racer in the Speedway Five-Billion race who is programmed to lose. She is recruited by Lloyd and helps the Ninja to win the second Key-Tana.
- Sushimi (voiced by Vincent Tong) is a sushi chef and non-player character (NPC) in Prime Empire. He is the final boss battle of Prime Empire when players reach the Temple of Madness.
The Dungeons of Shintaro are hidden beneath the Kingdom of Shintaro and ruled by an evil Skull Sorcerer and his Awakened Warriors, who serve as the main antagonists of Season 13. The Skull Sorcerer acquires his power from an ancient skull called the Skull of Hazza D’ur, which can resurrect the Awakened Warriors. The Skull Sorcerer uses his power to enslave the Geckles and the Munce to mine vengestone from the mountain.
- Princess Vania (voiced by Sabrina Pitre) is the princess of the Kingdom of Shintaro and daughter to King Vangelis. In Season 13, Vania takes an instant liking to Cole and aids the Ninja upon the discovery of mines beneath Shintaro. She becomes the queen of Shintaro following her father's defeat and pledges her alliance to Cole and the Ninja.
- King Vangelis / The Skull Sorcerer (voiced by Deven Mack Under the pseudonym: Ervin M. Jordan) is the former king of the Kingdom of Shintaro and father of Princess Vania. Vangelis reveals himself to be the Skull Sorcerer, who has enslaved the Munce and Geckles to mine for vengestone to sell off to an unknown buyer. He is eventually defeated by Cole after he uses the Spinjitzu Burst and is later overthrown by Princess Vania, after being arrested.
- Hailmar (voiced by Brian Drummond) is the right-hand man of King Vangelis and leader of the Winged Guards of Shintaro.
- Skull of Hazza D'ur (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is the previous sorcerer of the Dungeons of Shintaro, who is now a green skull allied with the Skull Sorcerer. The skull is destroyed when Cole uses the Spinjitzu Burst to defeat King Vangelis.
- Murtessa (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) is the queen of the Munce who takes an instant liking to Jay and challenges Nya to a duel for his hand in marriage. When she loses the duel, Nya is made the new queen of the Munce. Murtessa is eventually restored to her former position as queen in the season finale.
- Murt (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is a member of the Munce who possesses low intelligence.
- Gulch (voiced by Andrew McNee) is the leader/chancellor of the Geckles. He forces Kai and Zane to undergo a “trial by mino”. After they survive the trial, Gulch reassigns his position as chancellor to Kai.
- Gleck (voiced by Brian Drummond) is a member of the Geckles who possesses a locket that belonged to Cole's mother, Lilly. He is the only Geckle who believes that the Munce didn’t steal the Blades of Deliverance.
- Fungus (voiced by Ian James Corlett) is a member of the Upply and a skilled alchemist magician, who was betrayed by King Vangelis and cast into Rock-Bottom of Shintaro Mountain. He and the Upply team up with Cole, Wu, and Vania to return to the surface.
- Korgran (voiced by Paul Dobson) is a member of the Upply and a skilled warrior from Metalonia, who wields a sentient axe that only he can hear. He was betrayed by King Vangelis and cast into Rock-Bottom of Shintaro Mountain. He and the Upply team up with Cole, Wu, and Vania to return to the surface.
- Plundar (voiced by Adam Trask) is a member of the Upply and an expert thief who determines all of his decisions through a set of dice. He was betrayed by King Vangelis and cast into Rock-Bottom of Shintaro Mountain. He and the Upply team up with Cole, Wu, and Vania to return to the surface. He also has a pet spider named Adam who joins the group on their quest.
Ninjago City is inhabited by a large number of secondary characters, some of which make recurring appearances throughout the series.
- Captain Soto (voiced by Alan Marriott) is the leader of a band of pirates and the original captain of the Destiny's Bounty. Soto is resurrected by Garmadon in Season 2 and has served as a minor antagonist ever since. He serves as an ally to the Ninja in Season 6, yet reverts back to his evil ways following Jay's final wish.
- Lil' Nelson (voiced by David Reynolds) is the honorary “Purple Ninja”. In Season 6, he is confined to a wheelchair due to breaking his legs and is made a ninja for a day for the Grant-a-Wish Foundation. In Season 11, he becomes a paperboy.
- The Postman (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is a recurring character who has appeared in every season. Despite being disrupted by the Ninjas' actions, he tirelessly delivers the mail around Ninjago.
- Warden Noble (voiced by Paul Dobson) is the warden of Kryptarium Prison.
- Gayle Gossip (voiced by Kelly Sheridan) is an anchorwoman for NGTV (Ninjago Television).
- Fred Finely (voiced by Bill Newton) is a reporter for Ninjago City News.
- Dan Vaapit (voiced by Ian Hanlin) is an anchor for NGTV news.
- Antonia (voiced by Brynna Drummond) is a papergirl who mentors Nelson.
- Fugi-Dove (voiced by Adrian Petriw) is a Kryptarium Prison inmate who claims he is the Ninja's 'frequent, and well known, archenemy.' He despises Jay the most of all the Ninja. Despite his claims of being a famous criminal, he has no criminal record for unknown reasons, implying he may suffer from delusions of grandeur.
- Clutch Powers (voiced by Ian James Corlett) is a famous adventurer and suspended member of the Explorers Club. He is the series' interpretation of the same character from the 2010 LEGO film LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers, though the two versions are independent of each other.
- Rufus MacAllister (voiced by Paul Dobson) (also known as Mother Doomsday) is a worker at the Ninjago Doomsday Comix store.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilots||Masters of Spinjitzu||4||January 14, 2011|
|1||Rise of the Snakes||13||December 2, 2011||April 11, 2012|
|2||Legacy of the Green Ninja||13||July 18, 2012||November 21, 2012|
|3||Rebooted: Battle for New Ninjago City||8||4||January 29, 2014||April 16, 2014|
|Rebooted: Fall of the Golden Master||4||July 13, 2014||November 26, 2014|
|4||Tournament of Elements||10||February 23, 2015||April 3, 2015|
|5||Possession||10||June 29, 2015||July 10, 2015|
|6||Skybound||10||March 24, 2016||July 15, 2016|
|Special||Day of the Departed||1||October 29, 2016|
|7||Hands of Time||10||May 15, 2017||May 26, 2017|
|8||Sons of Garmadon||10||April 16, 2018||May 25, 2018|
|9||Hunted||10||August 11, 2018||August 25, 2018|
|10||March of the Oni||4||April 19, 2019|
|11||Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu:|
The Fire Chapter
|30||15||June 22, 2019||August 10, 2019|
|Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu:|
The Ice Chapter
|15||December 14, 2019||February 1, 2020|
|12||Prime Empire||16||July 19, 2020||August 30, 2020|
|13||Master of the Mountain||16||September 13, 2020||November 1, 2020|
Production and developmentEdit
In 2009, LEGO proposed to make a series about ninja, deciding that there would be four ninja with elemental powers. The Ninjago theme concept originated in the Lego Ninja theme, which was released by Lego in 1998. This was then replaced by Lego Knights in 2000. In 2011, Ninjago was launched and included some of the concepts from the Ninja theme, such as dragons and fortresses, but also combined this with a modern setting. The series was created by Michael Hegner and Tommy Andreasen, two Danish film producers. They later created the martial art of Spinjitzu. The character of Lloyd Garmadon was conceived by the screenwriters, Dan and Kevin Hageman following the Pilot Season. The Hageman brothers eventually left the show when Bragi Schut took over as writer.
Character design changesEdit
In Season 8, the appearances of Lloyd and the Ninja are notably different from their appearances in previous seasons. Season 8 implemented a new phase for the Ninjas’ designs, which were now based on the designs of their movie counterparts in The Lego Ninjago Movie. The design change aimed to help new fans of the movie transition to the television series. The start of the season marks updated appearances for each of the Ninja, including changes to their hair and faces, and these new appearances have continued to be used throughout subsequent seasons. Although Lloyd looks almost identical to his movie design, he was given a new voice actor Sam Vincent, who took over the role from Jillian Michaels, while the other Ninja retained their original voice actors.
The Ninjago series was animated in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Wil Film ApS for the first ten seasons, subtitled "Masters of Spinjitzu". Animation was relocated to WildBrain Studios (formerly DHX Media) in Canada starting with the eleventh season. Season 11 marked the use of new animation styles, including anime-style 2D animation, as a way to experiment with the storyline and add new creativity to the show. From Season 8 onwards, the run-time for the show was revised from 22 minutes to 11 minutes.
Broadcast and releaseEdit
In the United States, two pilot episodes, later split into four episodes total, were shown on Cartoon Network on January 14, 2011. They were released in Europe on January 24, 2011. The pilot episodes follow the four original Ninja as Sensei Wu brings them together to defeat the evil Lord Garmadon. Due to the popularity of the pilot episodes, the first season was launched from December 2011 – April 2012 alongside a new line of sets marketed as "Rise of the Snakes". The pilot episodes were released on DVD in March 2011, and the first season became available on DVD in Region 1 on June 26, 2012. The series as a whole has an estimated budget of kr 37 million (approximately £4.6 million or US$6.7 million).
Season 1, "Rise of the Snakes," follows the four original ninja as they battle the Serpentine, unlock their true potentials, and attempt to discover the identity of the fabled Green Ninja. The first five episodes of season 1 aired in Canada on November 25 and the first two in the United States on December 2. The season once again aired in Canada and the United States from January 11, 2012, to April 11, 2012.
Season 2, "Legacy of the Green Ninja," premiered on July 18, 2012, to an audience of 2.8 million. Season 2 focuses on Lloyd, as he trains to become the Green Ninja in preparation for the final battle, where he will have to face and defeat his father.
In June 2013, Warner Bros. announced that a movie based on the toyline would be made, though it would take a different approach to the TV series. It was written by the Hageman brothers, who also wrote the story for The Lego Movie. It was released on September 22, 2017.
Season 3, "Rebooted," premiered on January 29, 2014. Season 3 focuses on Zane as he and the other Ninja fight to defeat an ancient evil reborn as a new, technological threat. In the United Kingdom, the series premiered on 21 July 2014 on Cartoon Network.
Season 4, "The Tournament of Elements," premiered on February 23, 2015 in North America and Great Britain on Cartoon Network. Season 4 follows the Ninja as they travel to a mysterious island to fight in the Tournament of Elements and search for a missing Zane.
On June 8, 2015 LEGO released the trailer for the fifth season, "Possession." It premiered on June 27 in the United States. Season 5 focuses on Nya training to become the Master of Water while the other Ninja battle Wu's first student, a vengeful ghost who has possessed Lloyd.
Season 6, "Skybound," was released on June 8, 2016. It focuses on Jay as he and the Ninja try to prevent Nadakhan the Djinn and his sky pirates from terraforming Ninjago into a new Kingdom of Djinjago.
A Halloween special titled "Day of the Departed" was released on October 29, 2016, featuring the return of many of the series' past villains. The special focuses on Cole, who is slowing fading from existence.
Season 7, "The Hands of Time," was released in May 2017. The plot focuses on Kai, Nya and their parents, with the main villains being the Elemental Masters of Time (Acronix and Krux) and their army of Vermillion Warriors, who are trying to rewrite history.
Season 8, "Sons of Garmadon," was released April 16, 2018 in the US. It follows the Ninja as they try to prevent a criminal organization, the Sons of Garmadon (SoG) from resurrecting Garmadon using the three Oni Masks. The season introduced character redesigns to make the main cast more closely resemble their The Lego Ninjago Movie counterparts.
Season 9, "Hunted," premiered on June 30, 2018 in Australia. The season follows Lloyd and the Resistance fighting to take back New Ninjago City, while the other Ninja try to escape from the First Realm.
Season 10, "March of the Oni," premiered on April 19, 2019. It follows Garmadon and the Ninja as they try to stop a demonic force of darkness called the Oni from destroying Ninjago and the sixteen realms. It is the shortest season to date, featuring only 4 episodes.
Season 11, “Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu,” premiered on June 22, 2019. It follows the Ninja as they come face to face with an enemy from Wu's past. This season saw the introduction of an 11-minute episode format and a new, more stylized animation style. It was split into two fifteen episodes parts, The Fire Chapter and The Ice Chapter.
Season 12, "Prime Empire," premiered on June 19, 2020 in the United States. It focuses on Jay as he and the Ninja enter the video game Prime Empire to face the evil Unagami.
Season 13, "Master of the Mountain," premiered on September 16, 2020 in the United States It focuses on Cole as he and the Ninja journey to the distant mountains of Shintaro, unaware of the sinister secrets that lie in the cavernous dungeons below.
The intros for Seasons 1-7 and 11-13 feature "The Weekend Whip," performed by The Fold, as the show's theme song. The Weekend Whip is remixed each season to fit the theme, Seasons 8-10 feature music by Michael Kramer and Jay Vincent as the intro theme.
|Pilot||27 March 2012||2 June 2014|
|Season 1||26 June 2012||23 June 2015||16 February 2015||2 November 2015|
|Season 2||5 March 2013||31 August 2015|
|Season 3||5 August 2014||15 August 2016|
|Season 4||21 July 2015||7 November 2016|
|Season 5||16 February 2016||27 March 2017|
|Season 6||14 March 2017||17 July 2017|
|Day of the Departed||7 February 2017||22 January 2018|
|Season 7||3 October 2017||2 October 2017|
|Season 8||8 January 2019||1 January 2019|
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Overall, the show has been well received by critics and fans and has become one of the most beloved Lego television shows. Aspects that are often praised include the storytelling, music, characters and their development and the distinctive tone of each separate season.
The Pilot Episodes are well-received by fans and have garnered an immensely positive reception over time. Praise was aimed towards the establishment of both the world of Ninjago itself and the introduction of the series' main characters, with the soundtrack and overall impact of the newly-introduced theme also receiving praise.
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes has also been overall well-received by fans over the years. The Green Ninja storyline, the True Potential stories and deep character development for the Ninja, Nya's role as Samurai X and the overall formation into a full-on LEGO TV series have all been significant points of praise over the years, with minor criticism being drawn to how the season's quality is not completely on par with some of the show's later seasons.
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja has received more of a mixed reception over time. The first six episodes have been more criticized due to their filler-like nature and overall aimless storytelling, yet the episode "Child's Play" remains a high point of critical praise. The season's final seven episodes however received much more critical praise, and even to this day remains one of - if not - the show's most beloved and critically praised storylines. The storyline of the Final Battle, continued character development of the main Ninja, Garmadon and the several side characters are all majorly loved by fans, with "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master" still referred to as one of the show's best and strongest episodes yet.
Season 3: Rebooted has been extremely well-received overtime. The character development of Zane and Garmadon, introduction of P.I.X.A.L. and technological theme, and the return of the Overlord and Pythor have been critically acclaimed by fans, while the season finale, "The Titanium Ninja", has been marked as one of the series' greatest episodes yet. Criticism was drawn to the love triangle involving Jay, Cole and Nya, as well as the inconsistent release schedule of the season.
Season 4: Tournament of Elements has also been extremely well-received. The introduction of Skylor, Master Chen, Clouse and the other Elemental Masters, the relationship between Kai and Skylor, the resolution of the love triangle from Rebooted and the continued character development of Garmadon all being major highlights of the season. The season continues to be known as one of the series' best and most beloved, nearly 5 years after its initial release.
Season 5: Possession continues the streak of being a very well-received season by fans alike. Nya's character development and transition into the role of the Water Ninja, Cole's character development and transformation into a ghost, the introduction and characterization of Morro and Ronin, the season's darker tone and the larger cinematic scale are all high points of praise throughout the season. The introduction of the Sixteen Realms and the Cloud Kingdom were points of more mixed reception.
Season 6: Skybound has received more divided reception with fans, with some finding it as one of the series' best seasons, and others seeing it as one of the worse. The character growth of Jay and Nya and their relationship was an extremely high point of praise for the season, as well as the introduction of Nadakhan and his crew, the animation and the more dire stakes in the season. The season finale, "The Way Back", is a very divisive for fans alike, receiving a lot of criticism for its ending in reverting the entire season, yet was also praised for presenting a lose-lose scenario to the Ninja regardless of their actions.
Day of the Departed has received more mixed-to-negative reception overtime. The main focus on Cole, the interaction between several of the series' old antagonists and some of the fight scenes are commonly high points of praise among fans. The negative response comes from majority of the fight scenes being seen as rushed and underwhelming, the overall development of Cole and Yang feeling rushed and poorly executed, and the inclusion of too many characters and storylines in a single 44-minute special.
Season 7: The Hands of Time has also received mixed-to-negative reception, and is often seen as one of the series' weakest seasons. Kai and Nya's dynamic and relationship with their parents was well-received by fans, as were the season's main antagonists; Krux and Acronix, as well as the side-story involving Samurai X. Yet the animation, pacing, dialogue and overall character development of the season were all high points of criticism.
Season 8: Sons of Garmadon has been one of the most well-received and beloved seasons of the entire series. While the introduction of new character designs from The LEGO Ninjago Movie was one of the biggest points of controversy and criticism in the entire history of the franchise, majority of aspects from the season itself have all been incredibly well received. The writing, animation, fight choreography, the darker tone, the introduction and characterization of Harumi, the character development of Lloyd and Cole, the re-introduction of Lord Garmadon and the season cliffhanger are all immensely praised and critically acclaimed aspects of the season. The season went on to become a fan-favourite and is seen as one of the show's greatest seasons yet.
Season 9: Hunted is also an incredibly well-received and cherished season. The First Realm storyline received praise for its soundtrack and lore establishment, with the continued character development for Cole and Wu being high points of praise, as well as the introduction of Faith. The Ninjago storyline received immense praise for the characterization of Garmadon, the dire stakes throughout the season, Harumi's sacrifice and ultimate redemption, and the cliffhanger for the season. The season as a whole is beloved for its balancing of the two main storylines, as well as the continued darker tone and overarching storyline from the previous season.
Season 10: March of the Oni has received more mixed reception. The conclusion of the Oni & Dragon storyline introduced in Sons of Garmadon and continued in Hunted was well received by fans, as well as the introduction of the Oni, the re-introduction of the Golden Weapons, the callbacks to previous season and the last scene of the season. Garmadon's character and dynamic with Lloyd is the highest point of praise from fans with the season. More mixed-to-negative reception stems from the lack of characterization and screen time for the Oni themselves, as well as only being a 4-episode season to both conclude the Oni & Dragon arc and to celebrate Ninjago's 100th episode milestone.
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu has received more mixed-to-negative reception. The first 15 episodes, dubbed The Fire Chapter have especially been a high point of criticism, due to their filler-like nature, the lighter and less-serious tone then the series' past three seasons, the downgrade in animation and the lack of character development for the Ninja. The animation of Forbidden Spinjitzu itself was a high point of praise however. The season's last 15 episodes, dubbed The Ice Chapter received a much more positive response, with praise being directed towards the tone and setting of the Never-Realm, the roster of new and likeable side characters, the antagonistic nature of Vex and the overall stronger storyline compared to the previous chapter. The episodes "The Absolute Worst" and "The Kaiju Protocol" were high points of criticism however, due to their filler-status and moving away from the main storyline of the Never-Realm entirely. The introduction of 2D animation and the change in runtime from 22-minutes per episode to 11-minutes per episode were also high points of criticism and concern among fans, resulting in the season being the most divisive one yet for the series.
Season 12: Prime Empire received significantly more praise than its predecessor, and is extremely beloved by fans alike. The setting of Prime Empire, characterization of Unagami, Okino and Racer Seven, the fast-paced choreography and action, the larger role for the Mechanic and the more fun, lighthearted, and comedic nature of the season were all immensely well-received by fans. The episode "Stop, Drop and Side Scroll" was particularly highlighted by fans, due to both its exciting and comedic nature, and the return of Harumi as a gamer avatar, followed by a critically acclaimed fight between herself and Lloyd. However, the lack of addition to the lore of itself compared to previous seasons was not particularly well-received by fans.
Season 13: Master of the Mountain also received significant praise and acclaim from fans alike, becoming one the show's most beloved seasons ever produced. The focus and character development for Cole and Wu, the introduction and characterization of Vania and the Upply, the revelation involving the fate of Cole's mother, the fight choreography and action scenes, the roles for the other Ninja and the hints towards future seasons are all incredibly high points of praise among fans, with several fans commending the improved animation implemented since Season 11. Some fans found the Munce and the Geckle to be slightly annoying additions however, yet this is really the only point of slightly mixed reception for the season.
Awards and nominationsEdit
The series has been nominated twice for awards. Peter Hausner was nominated at the 39th Annie Awards for his direction on the show, but lost to Simpsons director Matthew Nastuk. The composers, Michael Kramer and Jay Vincent, were nominated for the BMI TV Music Award, which they won. In 2012 and 2014, they were nominees for Annie Awards for both years. In 2016 they were nominees for the KCA favorite cartoon award and their music from season 10 was nominated for an emmy award.
Influence and legacyEdit
Since its launch in 2011, the Ninjago series has seen continued commercial success amongst its target audience, who are mainly primary aged children, but it has also gained a dedicated fan community. The Ninjago writers have ensured that children are able to relate to the main characters by making them teenage heroes, and this has made them consistently popular with young children.
What is the main thing that has caught kids’ attention? Why is it so relatable? I have thought about it a lot. For me personally, it has got to be the characters. None of the characters are perfect, they are all flawed and I think that is something everyone can relate to. The characters are flawed and individually they are not complete, but as a team they complete each other. You follow the characters’ development, it allows a form of natural evolution as you go through the stories. The example I always come back to is when Cole questions if he is really important to the team, would the team still exist if he wasn’t there? That led us to introduce ghosts to the world of Ninjago, what if he’s a ghost? Then we realise when he actually becomes invisible, the team doesn’t function the same way without him.
On 5 February 2019, Ernie Estrella for Syfy Wire remarked that, "Ninjago is one of Lego's long running, home-grown franchises, and is arguably its most successful one."
Lego construction toysEdit
Lloyd and the Ninja have been released numerous times in Lego minifigure form, as part of the Lego Ninjago playsets developed alongside the series. Since 2011, the Lego Ninjago themed sets have been released in waves each year to correspond with the Ninjago seasons. The playsets in each wave feature some of the main locations, vehicles, mechs, weapons and characters from the corresponding season, including Lloyd and the Ninja in their current gi designs in minifigure form.
Several mini-movies have been produced alongside the Ninjago television series, which provide additional information about the characters.
Pilot Episode Mini-movies - six short films that take place immediately after the Pilot Season, released in 2011
Chen Mini-movies - five mini-movies that focus on Master Chen and his chair from Season 4, released in 2015
Tall Tales - six mini-movies that focus on the Sky Pirates of Season 6, released in 2016
Wu's Teas - a collection of 20 Ninjago shorts that focus on Master Wu's tea shop, released in 2017
Happy Birthday To You! - a one minute Ninjago short, released on Netflix on 14 September 2017
Ninjago: Decoded - a mini-series of ten episodes which takes place between Season 7 and Season 8, released on 27 November 2017
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu - six Ninjago: Legacy films from the Lego website that take place between Season 9 and Season 10, released 19 December 2018
Prime Empire shorts - six Ninjago shorts that provide additional background information about Season 12, released in 2020
Master of the 4th DimensionEdit
Lloyd, the Ninja and Master Wu appear in a 4D short animated film entitled Master of the 4th Dimension, released in Legoland on 18 January 2018. The film can be experienced by visitors in all Legoland theme parks. The plot focuses on Master Wu teaching the Ninja a lesson about the Scroll of the 4th Dimension, which affects gravity and organised matter.
In other mediaEdit
The Ninja have appeared in a movie, magazines, video games, colouring books, graphic novels, children's books and a theme park ride.
The Lego Ninjago MovieEdit
Lloyd and the Ninja are the protagonists of The Lego Ninjago Movie, released in 2017. Although the plot is not directly related to the Ninjago television series, Lloyd retains his role as the Green Ninja and leader of the secret ninja force.
The film revolves around Lloyd defending Ninjago City from his evil father, Lord Garmadon, who makes regular attempts to conquer Ninjago City with the help of his Shark Army. Lloyd is universally despised for being the son of an evil warlord, but the citizens of Ninjago City are unaware that he is the Green Ninja. Lloyd and the ninja team fight Garmadon and his minions using their mechs, until Lloyd uses the “Ultimate Weapon” on Garmadon, which attracts a live-action cat named Meowthra who starts to destroy the city.
To put an end to the destruction, Lloyd and the ninja must go on a perilous journey to find the “Ultimate, Ultimate Weapon” with Garmadon in tow. On the road, Lloyds spends time with his father and bonds with him in the process. At the end of the film, Lloyd reveals that he is the Green Ninja, having saved Ninjago City from Meowthra, and is reconciled with his father. He also learns that his green energy power means life and connects all living things in the way that he is connected to his family and the other ninja.
Lego Ninjago The RideEdit
The Ninja and Master Wu appear in an interactive theme park ride called Lego Ninjago The Ride at Legoland.
Lego Ninjago magazineEdit
Since the beginning of 2012, a 36-page magazine has been released in the UK and the Netherlands every month. It contains a comic strip as well as various facts, puzzles, posters, competitions and other activities. Each edition also includes a free Lego gift which is often a minifigure of Lloyd, one of the Ninja, or a villain from the series.
The Ninja appear as playable characters in a wide variety of video games and mobile games, including Lego Battles: Ninjago (2011), Lego Ninjago: Nindroids (2014), Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (2015), Lego Dimensions (2015), Lego Worlds (2017), The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game (2017), Lego Brawls (2019) and Lego Legacy: Heroes Unboxed (2020).
- Ninjago, Pilot Season "Way of the Ninja"
- Ninjago, Pilot Season "The Golden Weapon"
- Ninjago, Pilot Season "King of Shadows"
- Ninjago, Pilot Season "Weapons of Destiny"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 1 "Rise of the Snakes"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 2 "Home"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 4 "Never Trust a Snake"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 5 "Can of Worms"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 7 “Tick Tock"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 8 “Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 9 "The Royal Blacksmiths"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 10 "The Green Ninja"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 13 “Day of the Great Devourer"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 1 " Winds of Change"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 2 "Ghost Story"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 3 "Stiix and Stones"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 4 "The Temple on Haunted Hill"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 5 "Peak-a-Boo"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 6 "Kingdom Come"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 8 "Grave Danger"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 10 "Curseworld, Part II"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 1 "Infamous"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 2" Public Enemy Number One"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 3 "Enkrypted"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 4 "Misfortune Rising"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 5 "On a Wish and a Prayer"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 7 "Wishmasters"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 8 "The Last Resort"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 9 "Operation Land Ho!"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 10 "The Way Back"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 1 "The Hands of Time"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 2 "The Hatching"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 3 "A Time of Traitors"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 4 "Scavengers"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 5 "A Line in the Sand"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 6 "The Attack"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 8 "Pause and Effect"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 9 "Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 10 "Lost in Time"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 1 "The Mask of Deception"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 2 "The Jade Princess"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 3 "The Oni and the Dragon"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 4 "Snake Jaguar"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 5 "Dead Man's Squall"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 6 "The Quiet One"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 7 "Game of Masks"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 8 "Dread on Arrival"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 9 "True Potential"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 10 "Big Trouble, Little Ninjago"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 1 "Firstbourne"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 3 "Radio Free Ninjago"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 4 "How to build a Dragon"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 5 "The Guilded Path"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 6 "Two Lies, One Truth"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 7 "The Weakest Link"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 8 "Saving Faith"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 9 "Lessons for a Master"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 10 "Green Destiny"
- Ninjago, Season 10, Episode 1 "The Darkness Comes"
- Ninjago, Season 10, Episode 2 "Into the Breach"
- Ninjago, Season 10, Episode 3 "The Fall"
- Ninjago, Season 10, Episode 4 "Endings"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 1 "Wasted True Potential"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 2 "Questing for Quests"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 5 "Booby Traps and How to Survive Them"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 7 "Ninja vs Lava"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 9 "Powerless"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 10 "Ancient History"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 11 "Never Trust a Human"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 13 "The Explorers Club"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 14 "Vengeance is Mine!"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 15 "A Cold Goodbye"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 16 "The Never-Realm"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 17 "Fire Maker"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 18 "An Unlikely Ally"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 23 "Secret of the Wolf"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 25 My Enemy, My Friend"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 27 "Corruption"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 28 "A Fragile Hope"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 30 "Awakenings"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 1 "Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire?"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 2 "Dyer Island"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 3 "Level Thirteen"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 4 "Superstar Rockin' Jay"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 8 "The Maze of the Red Dragon"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 10 "Racer Seven"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 11 "The Speedway Five-Billion"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 12 "Stop, Drop and Side Scroll"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 13 "Ninjago Confidential"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 14 "The Prodigal Father"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 15 "The Temple of Madness"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 16 "Game Over"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 1 "Shintaro"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 2 "Into the Dark"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 3 "The Worst Rescue Ever"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 4 "The Two Blades"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 5 "Queen of the Munce"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 6 "Trial By Mino"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 7 "The Skull Sorcerer"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 8 "The Real Fall"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 9 "Dungeon Party!"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 14 "The Ascent"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 15 "The Upply Strike Back!"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 16 "The Son of Lilly"
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